Hard Learnings From (Unintentionally) Triggering an Avalanche in the Backcountry Last Season
You think you’re slick until you’re not. On April 16, 2020, I unintentionally triggered a small (but terrifying) soft-slab avalanche while skiing ‘Little Chute‘ on Mount Baldy at Alta Ski Area in Utah. This happened in the heart of a pandemic. It was my first real encounter with an avalanche and, needless to say, I learned several valuable lessons that I’ll carry with me in the mountains for the rest of my life.
Related: Alta, UT Report: Little Chute Chargin’ The objective of this piece of writing is to show just how and where I messed up today — on more occasions than once — so that I, and hopefully you, can learn from it and travel in avalanche terrain more safely. So let’s start right from the very beginning, shall we?
I went to bed the night before this fateful morning late and didn’t sleep well. When I woke up, I was tired and groggy. I didn’t put much cognition into reading the avalanche forecas.... Continue Reading at Snowbrains