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Backcountry Avalanche Death
My condolences to friends and family of Patrick Niedringhaus, the 18-year-old boy who died yesterday near Torrys peak in central Colorado. While the vast majority of avalanche victims have some avalanche education, it appears that Patrick and his companion were pretty much clueless. They had no rescue gear, and were obviously in the wrong place at the wrong time.
It amazes me that Patrick and his friend had the wherewithall to winter camp (they were out overnight) and attempt a semi-technical climb on a Colorado fourteener — but had no avalanche rescue gear and little or no training. Sounds like a case of testosterone poisoning if there ever was one. Avalanche educators in Colorado are trying hard to bring basic snow safety training to youth such as Patrick, but coverage is spotty. Should some basic snow safety awareness training be included in public education? One wonders…
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