My (first) Big Scare
Below is an email that I sent out after triggering a large avalanche a few years back. After it happened my fellow skiing partners and I agreed that it would be a good idea to put down some thoughts about what happened and most importantly what went wrong. Since it was originally intended for just the three of us I have had to make some changes so that it reads more easily for you.
Now, reading back through this email I realize there are some other mistakes that were made, like not checking CAIC forecast, and are not mentioned. Point being, I know my assessment was not perfect but reading back it still serves as a stern reminder of how easily it is to get yourself in a bad situation in the backcountry. Read below.
I was thinking it might be a good idea for all of us to write down some thoughts about what happened just to seal into memory some pretty major mistakes that were made yesterday. Don't feel obligated, but I feel like its something, at a minimum, I want to do.
- Tags: Avalanche Education
- Thomas Bull