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Avalanche video and analysis, with abs.
Posted: 28 April 2012 11:29 AM  
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Joined  2009-11-09

This could be an abs promo, I hope it’s authentic.

Posted: 28 April 2012 09:07 PM   [ # 1 ]  
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Very interesting, thanks for posting the link.

The skier needs to ask if he would ride that line without his airbag? his beeper? if the answer is NO then those bits of kit are increasing his risk of being involved in an avalanche even if they are important to survival, as was his helmet. His friend should not have moved him after the accident but phoned the S&R, a small spinal fracture can easily turn to complete paralysis if the person moves too much and after a drop like that off a cliff you could really suspect something, better to call the REGA/PGHM than risk it. He needed to be put onto a back board and neck brace and taken to hospital for a check over. We are not all Jamie Pierre!

ABS - he was riding above cliff bands, it is hard to tell the scale but an ABS may actually take you over the cliffs with the slide rather than stopping higher up, hard to tell in this case and hard to make a call in the heat of an avalanche. The ABS will naturally deflate which is probably what the skier observed with his unit.

He was very very lucky. A freerider with ABS was killed on the Mont Fort in Verbier a few days ago after being taken over cliffs. Someone I know had a similar fracture in a smaller fall during an avalanche and will never walk again.

Posted: 29 April 2012 01:17 AM   [ # 2 ]  
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Joined  2009-11-09

I posted it because it made me think about the connection between the use of safety equipment and the level of risk people are happy with. I recall being at the top of a slightly iffy slope and the “leader” asked if we all had transceivers, I thought at the time, this is wrong.

I totally agree re the potential back injury.

I have never considered the impact of a deployed airbag on how far you might be carried, it’s not a judgement I think I am capable of, if the world starts to move I am going to pull the trigger.

Posted: 29 April 2012 08:46 AM   [ # 3 ]  
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There’s another here :

which reflects badly on the guide although it might be useful to know what ‘guide’ meant in this context, I’ve a hard time believing an IFMGA guide would act in the way this article apparently suggests.

It looks to me that this might be about residual risk in some sense. By which I mean trying to produce some measure of risk before application of prophylactics, I’ve a sense that some ABS users are trying to eliminate large parts of the overall inherent risk of an activity using their ABS.

For the record, I’ve a BCA Float 36.

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