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SNOWBOARD INDUSTRY REPS AMONG DEAD IN AVALANCHE [killed in safety promotion event]
ESPN ^ | 4/21/2013 | Colin Bane

Posted on 04/21/2013 5:28:12 PM PDT by dirtboy

Colorado authorities have identified the victims of a backcountry avalanche on Saturday as five experienced snowboarders and skiers who were participating in a community event promoting backcountry safety and gear.

The Rocky Mountain High Backcountry Gathering's organizer, Joe Timlin, who worked as the Rocky Mountain sales manager for various snowboard brands, was among the deceased, according to the Clear Creek County Coroner's office.

"I lost a very dear friend today," said Adam Schmidt, editor of Snowboard Colorado Magazine, one of the event's sponsors. "I helped Joe put this community event together. Everybody in the snowboard community here knew him, and he was an awesome guy. Our hearts go out to the families of those that were lost at Loveland Pass. We are all very saddened by the news we received of this tragedy ... The avalanche triggered above them and pretty much just buried all of them."

Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger identified the other victims, all from Colorado, as: Christopher Peters, 32, of Lakewood; Ryan Novack, 33, of Boulder; Ian Lanphere, 36, of Crested Butte, and Rick Gaukel, 33, of Estes Park. A sixth rider, Jerome Boulay, sales manager for Silverton, Colo.-based Venture Snowboards, was partially buried and survived the slide. All six were reportedly expert riders and were equipped with proper backcountry gear, including avalanche beacons. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said the Loveland Pass avalanche was about 500 feet wide and 4 feet deep.

The Colorado Department of Transportation closed a highway as many skiers were headed home from nearby Arapahoe Basin ski resort.

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Seriously, I have no idea what draws the hardcores into danger zones when the danger is clearly documented.

The best gear in the world won't save you when you are buried in snow packed like cement.

1 posted on 04/21/2013 5:28:12 PM PDT by dirtboy
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Just think of them as a pack of male dogs all following that one bitch in heat!


2 posted on 04/21/2013 5:36:57 PM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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Seriously, I have no idea what draws the hardcores into danger zones when the danger is clearly documented.

The adrenaline rush.

3 posted on 04/21/2013 5:41:03 PM PDT by Alaska Wolf (I)
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More AGW killing people?


4 posted on 04/21/2013 5:48:22 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: dirtboy

No worries here at Jay, Smuggs, and Stowe... except for the trees, rock, and ice.


5 posted on 04/21/2013 5:52:15 PM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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Colorado authorities have identified the victims of a backcountry avalanche on Saturday as five experienced snowboarders and skiers who were participating in a community event promoting backcountry safety and gear.

How whacked is that?

FMCDH(BITS)

6 posted on 04/21/2013 5:59:25 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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‘expert riders and were equipped with proper backcountry gear, including avalanche beacons”

People on this thread seem pretty damned harsh. Five people died here.


7 posted on 04/21/2013 6:06:10 PM PDT by bigbob
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A lot is for the thrill but with me, I stick to the ski resorts and not being good in skiing, I never venture out. I know for the people who venture out, it would be hard to know that your are danger until the snow comes crashing on you.


8 posted on 04/21/2013 6:25:25 PM PDT by CORedneck
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April 20th (4/20) — just saying...


9 posted on 04/21/2013 6:30:30 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: WellyP

My gosh. That has got to be the best analogy I have ever heard. Nailed it!


10 posted on 04/21/2013 6:41:20 PM PDT by KGeorge
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Back country rule #1: Be prepared. Rule #2 don't ski or ride in known high risk slide areas with heavy snow loads. Break those 2 very basic rules and at some point you are going to get caught in or set off a slide. If you get out, you are lucky, if not, you win a Darwin Award! Your choice, A-hole!
11 posted on 04/21/2013 6:41:51 PM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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I’ve been a ski pro for almost 47 years. In ‘72, when I was young and dumb I set off a slide at the top of “High Rustler” that went all the way into the Gold Miners Daughter. I was lucky that the slab left above me didn’t let go or I wouldn’t be writing this.


12 posted on 04/21/2013 6:48:35 PM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: nothingnew

A ship in a harbor is safe... But that’s not what ships are for. — Adm Grace Hopper.

People can lose their lives in lots of ways. You can be safety-conscious as you want and still get whacked by a bus you didn’t see. I’m a lot more careful now than I once was... But I remember the days I skied the backcountry and jumped the stupid jumps and lived life a lot more edgy than I do now. I don’t miss it... But I’m glad I did all of it. I’ve skied into and out of avalanches. They suck. I’ve fallen four hundred feet down a slope I really thought I could ski down. It happens. I’ve skied stuff that I look back up and shudder to look at. People should live the best they can. I don’t think anybody looks back on their deathbed and wishes they’d taken fewer chances in life.


13 posted on 04/21/2013 6:54:32 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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As much in life, you can only know the thrill of riding like that on a cloud of snow if you’ve done it. Sometimes shit happens. They had their beacons on. That’s the best they could have done. It’s terrible. But they died doing what they loved. That is more than most people get.


14 posted on 04/21/2013 6:55:24 PM PDT by Madhattan
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Yikes. Snow was never my thing, but it fits every motivated driver, surfer, & MXer I’ve ever known to a T.


15 posted on 04/21/2013 7:02:14 PM PDT by KGeorge
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