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Avalanche Fatality in Nelson today
Wed, 2012-03-21 16:33
Unfortunately, another avalanche has taken a life of a backcountry enthusiast today while heli skiing in the Nelson area. With so much discussion regarding sledders and their "horse power" over "brain power" comments this week, it's tough to digest just what is going on when professionals who live and breath avalanche terrain and daily risk mitigation are still caught up in it.
I think it speaks to how easy it is to comment and pass judgement, good or bad about and avalanche incident when we weren't actually present. Jumping to conclusions as it were. Obviously, Avalanche and risk reward decisions are complex at the best of times and this couldn't be more evident than today. There's one thing for certain however, You can't predict them and it doesn't matter who you are or how much experience you have, getting caught off guard can happen to just about anyone.