maroon bells rescue

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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by ETA » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:01 pm

Hoping you recover fully and quickly, your story of the accident is a humbling read. Take care and best of luck getting back on your feet.
3 or 4 miles, can't be much further than that.
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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by Alby426 » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:19 pm

Yeah, Otina didn't get enough attention as it is, now she has to pull some shenanigans.
Ok, my dear, get better soon because I am looking forward to skiing Quandary with you!
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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by Air Squared » Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:34 am

Sounds like your climbing partner is an absolute rockstar....

Thanks for sharing your story.
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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by mountaingoat-G » Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:49 am

Get well soon !!

edit: while reading the "bad part" of your TR I could feel myself flinching... yikes.
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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by pseudoghost » Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:16 pm

Glad to hear there was a (relatively) happy ending.

One thing that I do wonder about from your TR is whether or not you think a more standard binding would have released? Just thinking about how your leg must have twisted, I'm inclined to think not.

The other take away for me, is how important it was to have a PLB in this situation. It would have been a significantly more dangerous situation without a PLB.
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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by bergsteigen » Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:21 am

Air Squared wrote:Sounds like your climbing partner is an absolute rockstar....
Yes, in all aspects! Though it did take a lot of ice cream bribes to get photos to update the TR :P

pseudoghost wrote:One thing that I do wonder about from your TR is whether or not you think a more standard binding would have released? Just thinking about how your leg must have twisted, I'm inclined to think not.
It's tough for me to say. I've been skiing 34 years on a wide variety of equipment, so I've had my fair share of spectacular falls and crashes. If I don't lock the binding during touring, it would release - frequently. But I don't think dynafits are designed to release with toe twist. I do think my alpine skis would have released.
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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by ajkagy » Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:26 am

bergsteigen wrote: It's tough for me to say. I've been skiing 34 years on a wide variety of equipment, so I've had my fair share of spectacular falls and crashes. If I don't lock the binding during touring, it would release - frequently. But I don't think dynafits are designed to release with toe twist. I do think my alpine skis would have released.
I've heard a ton of stories and personally know that dynafits do not always release depending on the fall/twist/movement, which I believe also contributed to my wife blowing her ACL as well on dynafits.

Glad you got out safely, and hope you have a speedy recovery.
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Re: maroon bells rescue

Post by Nelson » Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:32 pm

I would say one of the worst falls you can have is a slow fall on snow that holds on to your ski. A lot of bindings will not release in that situation. I have seen a couple of falls just like Otina's with the exact same fracture. They were with standard alpine bindings.

I love dynafits but I recognize that they are not high performance bindings. The advantage is weight.
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