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Old 12-23-2012, 11:32 PM   #26
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Any skiing out of bounds is awesome and everyone should do it. Srs. Skiing on piste is gay and boring. Just be prepared and know your terrain.
I love my time in the backcountry, but its not even close to for everyone. The fact this guy went alone just makes him fucking retarded.
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:29 AM   #27
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SAR wouldn't be required if people restricted themselves to well groomed ski-hills and manicured golf courses; there's a segment of the population not content with living within the confines of humanity, however, they aspire to push the boundaries and experience wild nature, and occasionally overestimate the abilities they possess or are caught in an unpredictable tantrum by mother nature. When such an event occurs, regardless of how reckless, foolhardy, or little fault the person needing rescue may have shown leading up to it, SAR is there to step in and offer a helping hand to save a life. Requiring a person to pay any portion of the SAR costs involved with an effort they are the focus of defeats its intended purpose, because a great majority would be recovered dead after attempting to evade rescuers and the bill they intend to present. Critics may call the person who ventures into the back country or out-of-bounds (I see little difference between the two, but I digress) a cowboy, an idiot, or anything they like, but in the end what they did is completely legal and only ski hills policies prohibit it. The danger of out-of-bounds areas of ski hills pale in comparison to the danger in areas of this beautiful province many British Columbians' routinely explore, anyway.

North Shore Search and Rescue does not support fines, and will not accept the proceeds from them, but I'm sure they'd accept a donation or support a program focused on expanding back-country safety awareness. Fines are an empty scare tactic to keep people in bounds, when what's really needed is a better education program for people heading out. Scare tactics are free though, education programs cost money.
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just saw the video... that guy was totally out of bounds. totally lost.
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I went up to the Diamond-head area a few weekends ago - in Garibaldi Provincial Park.

I must have seen a good 30 or 40 people going up to go ski-touring, etc. I didn't meet one person who didn't look prepared, didn't bring a backpack with him (with food, water, etc) - and beacon/shovel/probe.

If you're going to go backcountry, like some of the people here said, do it properly. Don't do it at cypress. Do it with someone who knows what they're doing, and be prepared.
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Exactly, ducking a fence without a pack of equipment, and a pack of friends that are prepared isn't an appropriate way to head into the backcountry.
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Bunch of squares on RS. Learn to live a little holy fuck.
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Sorry sarcasm detector not working? If you are serious though, you can take some serious risks and still not have to be a fucking moron about it. Intelligence shouldn't be mistaken for weakness. Also I'm sure you haven't had friends die in the backcountry if you believe that.
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Exactly, ducking a fence without a pack of equipment, and a pack of friends that are prepared isn't an appropriate way to head into the backcountry.
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Sorry sarcasm detector not working? If you are serious though, you can take some serious risks and still not have to be a fucking moron about it. Intelligence shouldn't be mistaken for weakness. Also I'm sure you haven't had friends die in the backcountry if you believe that.
Wasn't in reference to what you were saying, i've been pretty much on the same page as you. More in reference to the thread in its entirety.
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