FF Safety: Out-of-Bounds at Tunnel Creek

 

Social Factors and Risk Assessment

Tunnel Creek Avalanche

This past February 19th, 16 highly experienced skiers and snowboarders, making up an impromptu group, attempted an out-of-bounds run near Stevens Pass, Washington.

These expert skiers had read the avalanche forecast and were thoroughly familiar with the dangers posed after a 32-inch snowfall, yet they went ahead.

The ensuing avalanche killed three.

The New York Times has created a stunning visual presentation of the event that is a must see. When you do, substitute “collapse”, “flash-over” and “interior firefighting” for “avalanche” and”skiing”. Ask yourself if you would make the same risk assessment. Ask yourself if you would behave differently.

Several skiers survived, one because of the deployment of personal protective equipment. Their experiences are crucial because they spotted and heeded the signs ahead.

Warning: Don’t click on the link unless you are prepared to be pulled into a gripping vortex of words, sights and sounds. We can all learn from their experience.

The link:

http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2012/snow-fall/#/?part=tunnel-creek

 

(Credits: NYT and Alan Ross)

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Eric Lamar
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Robert, You're being manipulative and clever. Don't try to be the answer grape one second and then play the victim card the next when I defend myself. You called me out and I told you why I don't think you are right. E
2015-01-24 17:44:14
Robert K
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As always, thank you for validating my inadequacies. Though not bad for a fellow James Woods grad. How about returning a phone call once in awhile.
2015-01-24 17:39:39
Eric Lamar
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First, thank you for the correction; always welcome. Second, my "birthday wishes thank you comment" was on the notion of gratitude. In fact, the hearing/brain reference taken together was in jest, I poked fun at myself. The proof is no one wished me good health because it was not the purpose of the note and…
2015-01-24 17:21:27
Robert K
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Eric, Two observations. The acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is HIPAA. Second, on January 2 (happy birthday) you shared on your fb page some personal medical information concering your hearing and a mri of your brain. What is the difference??
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TheHonestTruth
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Once you put it on Facebook (or any other social networking platform) you waive all rights to privacy of that information or image. It's pretty damned simple....and so are people who expect privacy after they have aired their dirty personal laundry, exposed criminal activity, made jackasses of themselves, etc. Stupid is as stupid does.
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