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Avalanche

Avalanche

A close friend recounted a horrible event to me recently.

He once was alpine touring with a group of five. The longest skiing connection amongst the group was 30 years and the shortest was 2.

Everyone was an experienced skier. Each knew how to dig a snow pit and analyze the conditions. All knew how to use an avalanche beacon. All knew their inherent strengths and weaknesses on the snow, including their varying tolerances for risk. Continue reading

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Skier on mountain topWhat an amazing life!

Winter mountain guides have an amazing job. You take people skiing on amazing, often untracked terrain, lead adrenalin junkies up ice falls, and get to spend all day outside. Oh the life! Continue reading

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skis in snowLast week I made a presentation at the Canadian Avalanche Association’s Annual Conference on the potential psychological impact of avalanches on rescuers and offered ideas on what kinds of services rescue operations should have in place to support staff. Continue reading

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