Originally Posted by blutzski
Jamie Pierre (world record holder for highest cliff jump (255 ft) on skis) died yesterday in an avalanche at Snowbird after triggering an avalanche over steep rocky terrain and getting swept over a cliff band.
His website says: "Jamie is survived by his wife and two children whom he loved more than life itself."
Makes you wonder if these guys who continue to risk their lives after having kids really get it. Deeply sorry for Jamie and his family. RIP.
I would think that if he loved his wife and children that much then he would choose to back off on the risk level rather than throw away his life for a cheap thrill and a world record (that will be beat next week). I'm sure that world record keeps his wife great company and helps his kids grow up without a dad.
We can never eliminate risk, and we shouldn't. However, we can evaluate the risks we take and choose to back off from the more extreme risks so we can be there for the people who love us and need us. Sure we can be killed in a car crash or a lot of different things, but those are risks we can't control. We can control the risk of "pushing the edge" by backing off for the sake of our family.