Iím just your average skier from the Pacific Northwest. The last 3 years have been very good to us bringing record snowfalls. With record snowfalls, come escalated avalanche conditions. I got in my first avalanche on December 19, 2010. This day forever changed my lifeÖ
I was wearing an Avalanche Beacon this day, but was not carrying a shovel or probe. I was a liability to the friends I was with, but luckily I self arrested and avoided being sucked to my inevitable fate.
I got in my second avalanche on April 15, 2012Ö
This day I was carrying a beacon, probe, and shovel, but I lead my friends into a 37 degree slope late on a spring day with no formal avalanche training, a severely dangerous condition. This triggered a wet slide and I jeopardized myself and the friends I was guiding. This day also changed my life.
These 2 separate incidents lead me to a formal Avalanche training, the AIARE level 1. I now would never travel into the Backcountry ill prepared. It may have taken my NEWBed out POV camera, to emphasize these particular moments of my life. I believe, despite its glamorous appeal, it has also taught me some very unique lessons. I have relived these moments on multiple occasions and believe they have also affected the others around me.
Luckily my current avalanche knowledge has allowed trips like thisÖ