What’s in your sandwich? No, really. Turkey and cheese? Hummus and avocado? Some spinach? Mustard and salami? Do you take a sandwich ski touring, or maybe you just lean on a steady stash of gummy bears and cliff bars?
In the latest Totally Deep Podcast, Doug and Randy convene to discuss sandwiches. Actually they mostly talk about avalanches, but they land on sandwiches. How are the two related?
You’ll have to listen to find out. Basically, the 32 avalanche fatalities that have occurred this season left a lot of us in the touring community and industry scratching our heads. Are we all sharing the wrong messages? Is American ski culture too powder obsessed? Is social media to blame (again…)? But most importantly, is there something we need to change to help prevent more avalanche deaths from occurring?
Maybe you’re getting tired of hearing about avalanches. Us too. Maybe if we all get tired enough of hearing about them, people will stop getting swept away? I don’t think it works like that.
So, Doug and Randy talk it out. They dig into their own near misses and early misconceptions, offer a critical look at the evolution of backcountry skiing, and question the powder madness that seems to drive many tourers to dicey mid-winter backcountry pursuits.
Call it a PSA. Call it constructive criticism. Call it a conversation between two friends trying to figure something important out. This episode is all those things.
Have a listen.
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