VIDEO: Cody Townsend Explains the Decisions He Made to Help Save the Life of Skier Who Fell Down 60º Central Couloir, BC

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At the end of a fateful day, Cody Townsend and Bjarne Salen witnessed a fall down the 60+ degree couloir called Central on Joffre Peak near Pemberton, BC.

Footage from the accident does not exist, so Townsend and Salen, go into a detailed account of what happened that day, the actions they took to help rescue the victim of the nearly fatal fall and help inform you what proper steps you can take if you partake in a backcountry emergency rescue.


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4 thoughts on “VIDEO: Cody Townsend Explains the Decisions He Made to Help Save the Life of Skier Who Fell Down 60º Central Couloir, BC

  1. Thank you for posting I always find your stuff Cody very intelligent.
    This time i was bit more confused than usual you are leaving a lot unsaid.

    1) You didn’t address the biggest issue:
    the elephant in the room why was he skiing alone particularly so late in the day?
    We need to hear from him or what his thinking was.

    2) With a drone or without a drone one of you likely to have to go up and check on him.

    3) The other piece which you acknowledge is that not many people can call in a helicopter stat.
    If it isn’t Cody Townsend he and your friend are probably out there for the night.
    I would have like to have heard how that would have been handled.

    4) The mechanics of the 911 call needs to be looked at. Pembroke is a real town in real ski country. How is it that the 911 operator seemed at a loss.? I think you are right this could have happened in other places. How does say Revelstoke handle this kind of problem?

    He was lucky but can you shed some more light here? Otherwise the take away might be if you going to ski alone down a 60 degree couloir do it while Cody and his friend with amazing lungs, skins in his pack, and a drone handy is around.

  2. Bravo lads. Good save, good decision making and good account of the incident. That bloke has got to be thanking his lucky stars.

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