1. The longer I ski the backcountry, the more I think I know and yet, it only confirms that I’ve been lucky. Early on I was very lucky, ignorantly laughing at clear signs of instability and danger and getting away with it. Now I know the signs and also know I don’t know half the story because it’s not possible to know it all. Over time I try to rely on my gut, but the trail of stumbles in life reveals that’s only half the story as well. When I think back on the times I’ve been caught and, knock on wood (my wooden head), survived unscathed, I realize my intuition warned me, but I did not heed it. Sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing your lesson.

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