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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-09-2012, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Default Sad day in the North Shore Mtns,

A very sad day in the mountains.....http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Skier+critical+after+fall+embankment+near+Cypress+ Mountain/7672387/story.html

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Police spokesman says, "there were no warning signs posted in the area." I'd like to know how such a sign would read; "Terrible Misadventures Ahead"? Here in My Town, they've taken to posting warning signs on the hiking/biking trails along the river valley, the most recent being "Unstable Bank Keep Out", but today I saw they had just set x-country ski tracks right past their own sign...
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Signs don't mean much. They are for liability purposes.
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Oh no - that could easily have been any one of us.

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Things are still pretty thin snow wise on Hollyburn. Take care skiing up there in the next little while until we get some more snow. Pic taken yesterday morning not far above the road. My condolences to the family.
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It was a sad day for sure, We were coming down from the top when we seen all the paramedics scattered.

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It was a sad day for sure, We were coming down from the top when we seen all the paramedics scattered.

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It seems like the promotion of extreme skiing, the evolution of backcountry ski gear, and the loss of more mellow backcountry ski opportunities (because of areas taken over or otherwise dominated by snowmobilers, heli skiers, downhill ski areas, even snowshoers) is resulting in more backcountry skiing in more dangerous terrain.
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It can happen so unexpected.
While skiing down some of the Laughington FSR on DEC 8th, I approached a switcback that was icy and chewed up by Quads 4x4 the day before.I lost heading and went to the side into fresh deep snow to slow down.
Almost went over the edge, thinking it was a shallow ditch, it was a 2 meter drop into a standing pool of ice water and alder chocked steep banks.
Had I fallen into this, it would be difficult or impossible to get out on my own.

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Sad indeed. Condolences to the family.

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The accident happened on the southwest aspect of Hollyburn Mtn where there is some crazy dangerous topography.
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It was a sad day for sure, We were coming down from the top when we seen all the paramedics scattered.

Condolences to the Family and Friends
Where did this happen?
Info, with Google Earth image:
http://www.northshorerescue.com/2012...ardiac-arrest/

-Ryan
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The accident happened on the southwest aspect of Hollyburn Mtn where there is some crazy dangerous topography.
Listening to media around mid day, they made it out to be a regular visited terrain mishap.
Likely some misinformed data by them?
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The accident happened on the southwest aspect of Hollyburn Mtn where there is some crazy dangerous topography.
Ive been skiing in there for 10 years I would hardly call it crazy dangerous topography.

to the guy blaming it on extreme skiing and snowmobiles, what a joke.
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I don't know the area well myself, only skinned up it once, but some of my friend have night-skied there with headlamps so I doubt it would normally be considered "Extreme skiing".
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the side the guy got hurt is a bit gnarlier than the standard shot down the west face but still nothing crazy. snowpack is a little thin for any hollyburn right now IMO mainly due to the amount of downed trees and crap on the ground. usually need 200 cms at cypress base before it comes into play.



sad accident though but any of us that play in the mountains put ourselves at some risk
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