Backcountry Skier Dies In Avalanche

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Re: Backcountry Skier Dies In Avalanche

Postby tmathews » Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:54 pm

Aw, sh*t....
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Re: Backcountry Skier Dies In Avalanche

Postby Gueza » Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:58 pm

RIP...Thoughts to family and all involved
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Re: Backcountry Skier Dies In Avalanche

Postby mtgirl » Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:58 am

Some further information with the victim identified. RIP Kyle. My thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.

http://www.newsfirst5.com/news/backcountry-skier-dies-in-avalanche/
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Re: Backcountry Skier Dies In Avalanche

Postby Greenhouseguy » Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:09 am

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

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Re: Backcountry Skier Dies In Avalanche

Postby MountainHiker » Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:10 am

My condolences to Kyle’s family and friends.
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Re: Backcountry Skier Dies In Avalanche

Postby MtHurd » Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:42 am

He had a partner, a beacon, and another person who witnessed it and helped, but they got to him too late. R.I.P.
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Re: Backcountry Skier Dies In Avalanche

Postby lodgling » Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:55 am

but they got to him too late


I don't think you're being critical, but someone could interpret your comment that way. It sounds as though the deceased may have taken a ride through some timber, so it is very early to make statements that could be perceived as pointing to recovery time for whehter he could have survived or not.

In any event, RIP and be careful out there. Still early in the season.
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Re: Backcountry Skier Dies In Avalanche

Postby Dave B » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:02 am

lodgling wrote:
but they got to him too late


I don't think you're being critical, but someone could interpret your comment that way. It sounds as though the deceased may have taken a ride through some timber, so it is very early to make statements that could be perceived as pointing to recovery time for whehter he could have survived or not.

In any event, RIP and be careful out there. Still early in the season.


I wouldn't interpret that as critical at all, simply the truth. I think it's pretty well known that survival rate decreases exponentially with time.

Either way this is incredibly sad and a sobering reminder to the raw power of the mountains.
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Re: Backcountry Skier Dies In Avalanche

Postby skiwall » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:29 am

I took a CPR class just last week with a bunch of my BC ski partners, and the instructor was telling us the odds of survival. It's really sobering to have just had that discussion and read about a fellow skier being in that situation. My heart aches for Kyle's friends and family. RIP.
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Re: Backcountry Skier Dies In Avalanche

Postby lodgling » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:39 am

I wouldn't interpret that as critical at all, simply the truth. I think it's pretty well known that survival rate decreases exponentially with time.


Its implicitly critical of the surving ski partner. What I am getting at is the scarier truth that in Colorado surviving injuries incurred in a slide is just as unlikely as surving the burial. Even the best partner with the best beacon location and shoveling skills probably cannot save a critically injured individual in the backcountry. Here, there is a skier who recovered his partner after a slide. At this point we know nothing about how long that took and the extent of the injuries from the slide. My comments are directed to criticism of someone, whether implicit or explicit, who is going through a very tragic ordeal.
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Re: Backcountry Skier Dies In Avalanche

Postby Carl » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:52 am

Very sad to hear. Have enjoyed runs near where the slide occurred many times. A sobering reminder for sure.

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