This hasn’t exactly been a good year for avalanche fatalities. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has tallied 27 avalanche fatalities so far this year, with the latest being on March 7 when two backcountry skiers were killed in a slide at Ranger Peak in Grand Teton National Park.
So with an increasingly urgent need for avalanche awareness and preparation comes the film Snow Guardians.
And the filmmakers need your help:
“We critically need your help to complete the filming and interviews of people effected by these avalanches, and to edit, grade, buy music rights and to finish post production.
The expanded interest in the backcountry has resulted in a growing number of adventurers seeking enjoyment outside a ski resort. The imperfect science of avalanche study and prediction may be the only thing standing in the way of life and death for a growing number of backcountry adventurers. The film will also be a highly educational yet gripping story to help educate people traveling into the backcountry on the science and skills needed to survive.”
Not so unrelated to avalanches, I was kind of hoping you would post a blog about an (otherwise safe) adventure that suddenly found yourself in serious harm’s way. .. including what you believe led you to being unsafe and how you worked your way back to safety. I’d be interested in people’s responses! I went to school with a girl who got caught in an avalanche because of a photographer – it nearly killed her.. she was in a wheelchair when I first met her (broken femur) and by the end of the semester was using a cane. This would not be my example of what I originally requested.. just a side-note. Sometimes adventure creeps up on us when we’re not paying attention! Do you have a story to tell? Something tells me you do!
Just posted it! Check it out. Thanks for the great idea!
I can’t wait to read it. I got the notification earlier but I was busy cleaning (for $$) and now I’m home; time to indulge! 🙂
Good and sobering post Eric…thanks.