Nice reminder from Miss Adventure Pants of things we need to pay attention to as we begin this winter backcountry hiking season!
MYTH #1: Avalanches aren’t a big problem in the Lower 48
MYTH #3: Avalanche slopes are obvious
MYTH #4: Staying off steep slopes will keep me safe
MYTH #5: Following the boot pack will keep me safe
MYTH #6: If the avalanche forecast is moderate, I don’t need to worry
MYTH #7: If I’ve taken an avalanche course, I don’t need to worry
MYTH #8: If I have avalanche gear, I don’t have to worry
MYTH #9: Avalanches aren’t dangerous in the spring and summer
MYTH #10: If I’m caught in an avalanche, I’ll outrun it
MYTH #11: If I’m caught in an avalanche, I’ll dig myself out
I couldn’t agree more with her point that “developing your avalanche judgment is an experiential, lifelong endeavor.” There are so many complex factors involved (from snow to human) that make this such a challenge.
I also think it’s also super important to “choose like-minded companions”. I’ve snowshoed with a few people that have demonstrated a sketchy sense of avy awareness by some of the choices they were making. It definitely made me nervous to the point where I will decline future invites from those individuals.
Read the full article here!