How not to travel in the BC

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How not to travel in the BC

Postby Dave B » Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:44 am

AIARE had this video posted on their Facebook with the title "Watch and Learn." I'm not sure that's the best caption for it.

Short summation, party of five with two shovels and two avy beacons among them all and a skier caught in a slide with terrain traps.

Luckily the guy lives.

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Re: How not to travel in the BC

Postby VagabondSurveyor » Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:39 am

Painful to watch...
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Re: How not to travel in the BC

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:47 am

Holy cow.
Besides the lack of gear on every member and shovels not together, it took them forever to get their s**t together and help the guy. How about a friggin' sense of urgency?! :shock:
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Re: How not to travel in the BC

Postby TallGrass » Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:10 pm

Try holding your breath from the time the snow stops to the time the first (only?) person starts shoveling. And if the person with the beacon/shovel doesn't know how or isn't going to be the one using it, why are they carrying it?
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Re: How not to travel in the BC

Postby jmc5040 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:20 pm

Wow... just unbelievable how unprepared and ignorant some people are.

One of the comments states that another group had followed this group up, but decided to ski different terrain due to the conditions... "Me and my buddy took our first dozen turns off the top and stopped 15 yards from the remaining 3 members of this group while the rescue was ongoing below them. We could not see the rescue going on and they did not inform us or ask for our assistance. They just stood there like it was just any other day in the backcountry. My buddy is a fireman/EMT and could have been of great use."

Clearly they did not understand the seriousness of what was going on. Hopefully they and others learn from this!
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Re: How not to travel in the BC

Postby ajkagy » Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:25 pm

hah wow, talk about taking their sweet time. I also noticed the guy didnt even know how to put his shovel together since he was just using the blade to try and dig him out. WTF?!
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Re: How not to travel in the BC

Postby EatinHardtack » Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:53 pm

What the hell? Take your time crew it's only an avalanche, no need to rush. I was waiting for them to pull the guys arm out of the socket also.
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Re: How not to travel in the BC

Postby seano732 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:41 pm

Wow that's fricking scary. If I was that dude that was buried, the first thing I'd of done is punch the digger in his junk and scream "WTF took you so long?!?!" Seriously, he told the woman with the beacon to "take her time".... WOW. Am I the only one that thinks if his hand wasn't visible, the outcome would have been tragic? Thanks for posting # daveb
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Re: How not to travel in the BC

Postby MUni Rider » Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:44 pm

Damn. Scary for sure. Glad to see no one died that day.

thought process: Beacons are expensive, so I'll buy a GoPro instead and just borrow her beacon.

Question: Did he really start working on digging out a ski while the guy was still half buried in the snow? Priority?

...And here dude, take the shovel, dig yourself out while I swing my arms around again.

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Re: How not to travel in the BC

Postby leggaj5 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:53 pm

Newb question: So in this case, they could see the hand of the buried skier right away...should they have skiied to the clue before switching the beacon to search (assuming that it shouldn't take as long as it did in the video) or is the first step always to switch to search mode? Granted it shouldn't take that long to turn on search, but in a situation where every second is precious, should you act on the visible clue first?
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Re: How not to travel in the BC

Postby d_baker » Tue Jan 01, 2013 5:53 pm

The victim seemed very relaxed.
Oh wait, that's because his friend told him to "relax, you're fine."
I can't imagine being buried like that means you're fine.

This video was a little surprising too at how unorganized it seemed to be:

Fast forward to about 7min's in.

If I'm ever involved with a rescue, I hope I have my s**t together. These videos are good examples of why being prepared and practicing rescues can hopefully save your life if a wrong decision is made, prior to getting buried.

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