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Old 01-21-2009   #1
 
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This got me thinkin about a avalung!

WOW.

See the link to the tgr thread about 3 people in a avy by the eisman hut!

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9 feet deep for over 30 min...

If that is right i am thinkin of buying a avalung.

Crazy story!

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--same here when I saw that, and this also:

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I have mixed feeling about avalungs and helmets.
Better yet the quote from the vail daily.

"Backcountry users need to inspect the snow layers below the mid-pack slab with a shovel and pole"

and know what you are doing. Can't count the number of decents/ascents I have walked away from, even before I was married with children.
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That POV video is nuts! I can't imagine going through that...
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Take the Steamboat Powdercats Avy course - if you want, they will bury you with an Avalung (with multiple safeties, of course) so you can see how it feels. Most people were OK for about 5 minutes, then started to freak out. Our hands were uncovered to signal when we wanted out. Pretty interesting.
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I have mixed feeling about avalungs and helmets.
Better yet the quote from the vail daily.

"Backcountry users need to inspect the snow layers below the mid-pack slab with a shovel and pole"

and know what you are doing. Can't count the number of decents/ascents I have walked away from, even before I was married with children.

I'd be interested to know your mixed feelings.
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I'd be interested to know your mixed feelings.
I can't speak for SSOWDEN, but many (myself included) feel avalungs may be used in lieu of common sense. The Avalung and helmets should not be used like superman's cape. One is still very vulnerable even with these protective items. I ski on mountain and BC steeps with a helmet, and use an avalung pack in the BC. Safety gear can't hurt, just don't rely on it.
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I can't speak for SSOWDEN, but many (myself included) feel avalungs may be used in lieu of common sense. The Avalung and helmets should not be used like superman's cape. One is still very vulnerable even with these protective items. I ski on mountain and BC steeps with a helmet, and use an avalung pack in the BC. Safety gear can't hurt, just don't rely on it.
ZG-you hit it right on the head Superman's cape, like the texan in an SUV that will not spin out on ice. I recognize the influence these items MAY have on my judgment and thankfully THE MAN has not passed laws yet that say I have to use them.
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Helmets

I have several friends who proclaim they don't wear helmets because it gives artificial confidence, thus they ski faster. This is really a stupid arguement in my estimation. One changed when a friend was caught in bounds at snow bird and killed earlier this year. he helped in the search and realized how you can be pulled into things entirely out of your control. Having the gear and knowing how to use it is kind of like wearing a seat belt in a car. It just makes sense. It doesn't replace common sense, but makes sense.

I do not have an avalung. Like the helmet, I should.
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