- Oct 28, 2004
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Good stuff there. The bonus was fantastic.
Great article. Good heads up for novices and the experienced
It's funny that you give special props to that one, because it's the only one I took issue with at all. I always carry my gear up on a pack and I've always considered that it's the safest way and makes the most sense. BUT...a few years back I was booting up left gully when a snowboarder triggered an avalanche above us near the rollover. Thank god I was only about 1/3 of the way up and had time and room to move laterally and get out of the way. But 2 other skiers were right in the middle of the hourglass and went for the full ride from there. One of them was carrying his skis and ditched them as he slid. He had no issues. The other skier had them slung diagonally on his pack. He got PUMMELED in the face by his skis the whole way down and was unable to control his tumbling slide because of the flailing skis on his back. He end up buried to his waist, severely bloodied, and semi-conscious. Ever since, I've considered the ability to ditch your gear a significant safety concern.
Me too. Just saying it's a concern.