2 Aspiring Mountain Guides Injured in Colorado Avalanche Tell Story of Avalanche Accident

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I've been conflicted about whether or not to post this photo. I finally decided to for a couple reasons. One reason is to inform any friends and family that haven't yet heard through the grapevine. Another reason is to make aware to any backcountry user the reality of the risk that is present. If this helps even one person avoid being in an avalanche then it will be a success. On Monday morning my ski partner and I skied a Northeast aspect starting around 11,300ft. We triggered a persistent slab and were both caught, carried, and injured in the avalanche. We're both experienced backcountry users and aspiring Mountain Guides. Often times when these accidents happen, people are quick to judge the decision making of the parties involved. I can tell you that this can happen to anyone. Experience level, familiarity with the terrain, knowledge of the snow pack, and ski ability will not always protect you. We can live or die by the choices and decisions we make. I am now three days out from the accident and have had a lot of time to contemplate everything that's happened. I'm staying positive about getting healthy again and look forward to strapping my skis back on next winter. I'm so grateful that my partner is alive and well and that we'll be able to share the story. HUGE THANKS to the incredible crew at Crested Butte Search and Rescue, the EMTs from Crested Butte Fire and Rescue that assisted, all the amazing nurses and doctors at Gunnison Valley Hospital, Jane Soucy and Jesse Littleton at the AMGA for reaching out, and my friends and family that have given me so much love and support over the last few days. Link to the avy report on my page. #knowbeforeyougo #avalanchesafety #avalanche #colorado #crestedbutte #backcountry #skiuphill #earnyourturns #protectourwinters #spreadtelemark #aiare #cbavy #caic #amga #cbsearchandrescue #gunnisonvalleyhospital #gunnisoncountry @cbavalanchecenter @friendsofcaic @aiare_official @cbsar @amga1979 @theebnflo

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2 thoughts on “2 Aspiring Mountain Guides Injured in Colorado Avalanche Tell Story of Avalanche Accident

  1. The reality is that the risk is always present, this should be known to any person traveling in avalanche terrain in the winter time. I fail to see how this instagram sheds any light. I am not trying to be a cynic but I will be the first to say that the reason this accident occured is depicted in the posters own words. “we can live or die by the decisions we make”. I am going out on a limb in saying these two “aspiring mountain guides” made a horrible decision.

    I live and breath the mountain life, but I am often the one choosing a less fun route down the mountain because I know that decision can save my life. Colorado is home to a very unstable snowpack year-after-year. The warning signs in the snowpack can always be compared or related to previous years/conditions. The CAIC mentions this in every page on their website, avoid all slopes steeper than 30 degrees. Let’s be honest, almost no one follows this advice and this is why accidents like this occur. I can guarantee that any east aspect has a huge underlying danger all across Colorado. It is with heavy shoulders that I have no repentance or any ill will in saying this guy is lucky to be alive and should reflect on how his decision to live “extreme” could cost him and future clients their lives. People need to understand the fine line between taking risks and mitigating risks. This Instagram post sheds light only on the bad decision making that takes places by so many Colorado backcountry skiers.

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