Originally Posted by caseybailey
Note to all:
If you are relying on MountainBuzz for avalanche info, you have no business in the backcountry.
Don't think I'm aiming this at you in particular CB, your comment was relatively innocuous compared to others I've heard.
I think it's really odd how opinionated people get over avalanches. People die all the time on the river, climbing, etc but I rarely hear the sort of vituperative attacks, warnings, and rhetoric that seem to surround the backcountry discussions. I wonder if it has to do with the way we identify and attempt to mitigate risk, especially when the hazards tend to be somewhat of an objective risk. It would be interesting to figure out if the mentality is somewhere along the lines of: "If someone gets killed in an avalanche, they must have been stupid/reckless/ignorant. I am not stupid, reckless, nor ignorant therefore I will not get caught in avalanches."
When the ex-Loveland patroller got killed near here, one of my friends was instantly saying how he was stupid and ridiculous for skiing there (he had no idea where Trelease was). My first reaction was to be aghast that someone (who is otherwise a very nice, non-judgemental person) would show so little respect for the person who had died and then very pissed about a person with no backcountry experience weighing in on an avalanche discussion with such a self-righteous, biased opinion. IMO the people who seem to over-react in their estimation of avalanche risk or underestimate the abilities and intelligence of people who got caught in slides, are either trying to justify their own actions...ie "I'm smarter than that guy was" or they're simply so inexperienced in backcountry travel that they can't comprehend why anyone would go in the first place so they simply label every backcountry skier as crazy or reckless.
Sorry for the rant I just don't get people's reactions sometimes. I don't go up to people who boat OBJ and say "Oh that's really dangerous, you're a reckless idiot who is making a bad decision"