More about Ruedi Beglinger and Selkirk Mountain Experience

Bookmark and Share
This post by WildSnow.com blogger  

I’ve always liked Ruedi and been a fan of his incredible operation. More, I have dozens of friends who ski with him every winter. As mentioned in previous blog posts, I’m curious about just how safe being guided in Canada is. Ruedi published a letter on his website that says he’s done 5,600 days of ski mountaineering guiding as of this October. For the sake of discussion, let’s assume he’s had an average of nine people per day (I asked some of his clients for a ball-park average), for a total of 50,400 “guest days” under his wing.

As we all sadly know, seven people died during those estimated 50,400 days. So how does that compare to other activities? Take a look at this table and draw your own conclusions. But wait, considering the fact that fitness DECREASES your risk of death by a significant degree, and backcountry skiing requires a high fitness level, throw all that out the window! My gut feeling after doing a bit of math is that careful backcountry skiers, guided or otherwise, can rest assured they have a statistical likelihood of leading long lives, and if misfortune does occur in our lives, it will probably not be in the form of an avalanche — our days being guided or otherwise.

Comments

4 Responses to “More about Ruedi Beglinger and Selkirk Mountain Experience”

  1. sarah July 16th, 2010 7:21 pm

    Hi,

    You may be interested in the film I produced about Ruedi and the aftermath of the 2003 avalanche called A Life Ascending.

    Check out the website, you can sign up to find out when the film will screen near you and eventually be released on DVD.

    http://www.alifeascendingthemovie.com

    Sarah

  2. Jonathan Shefftz July 17th, 2010 9:23 am

    I just noticed this interesting statistic:
    “As we all sadly know, seven people died during those estimated 50,400 days. So how does that compare to other activities?”
    So let’s say you engage in skiing of comparable risk for the equivalent of three weeks each ski season, for 21 days total. You have 35 years left until you’re too old for this kind of stuff, after which you will retire to xc skiing and mellow lift-served groomers. Then you face a 10% chance that you will die in an avalanche.

  3. Rudi Kranabitter January 7th, 2011 6:44 am

    this is all quack, there are people out there with more days and no accidents how can you make stats like that. You don’t ever have to die in an avalanche if you play it wright neither did the 7 in Ruedis slide if he didn’t play god of the mountains.

  4. Kidd January 21st, 2011 7:46 am

    I don’t believe in those numbers at all. What’s he get $ 300/day. That’s $15,120,000. With that kind of money you can retire.

Got something to say? Please do so.





Anti-Spam Quiz:


If you need an emoticon for a comment just copy/paste off the following list, or use text code you might be familiar with.
:D    :-)    :(    :lol:    :x    :P    :oops:    :cry:    :evil:    :twisted:    :roll:    :wink:    :!:    :?:    :idea:    :arrow:   
  
Due to comment spam we moderate most comments. Please do not submit your comment twice -- it will appear shortly after we approve it. Once you've had one comment published, your comments will be pre-approved and appear immediately if you're using the same computer and not blocking browser cookies. NOTE however that ALL comments with one or more links in the text will be held for moderation no matter what, again for spam prevention.
Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information opinion website and e magazine. Lou's passion for the past 45 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about backcountry skiing and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free back country news and information here, and tons of Randonnee rando telemark info.

All material on this website online magazine is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked.. Permission required for reproduction, electronic or otherwise. This includes publication and display on other websites by whatever means. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

Backcountry skiing is a dangerous sport. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. While the authors and editors of the information on this website make every effort to present useful information about ski mountaineering, due to human error the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions or templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow its owners and contributors of any liability for use of said items for backcountry skiing or any other use.

Switch to our mobile site