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BrianT
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Re: 11-11-12, Mt. Rainier, Muir vertigo
« Reply #25 on: 11/13/12, 02:52 PM »

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/2012/11/13/rescuers-lead-snowboarders-off-mount-rainier/iim3JXLqvFCrxs7MvxUvkI/story.html

Seems they're off and out! Kick ass
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Re: 11-11-12, Mt. Rainier, Muir vertigo
« Reply #26 on: 11/13/12, 03:37 PM »

they appear to be missing their snowboards....

Looks like they had to eat them.  Or use them for firewood? Smiley
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Re: 11-11-12, Mt. Rainier, Muir vertigo
« Reply #27 on: 11/13/12, 05:34 PM »

Maybe they were confiscated to keep them from getting into trouble.  Like pulling a seasons pass or something.  "We'll give your boards back when the snow is all gone".
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Re: 11-11-12, Mt. Rainier, Muir vertigo
« Reply #28 on: 11/13/12, 09:54 PM »

Maybe they were confiscated to keep them from getting into trouble.  Like pulling a seasons pass or something.  "We'll give your boards back when the snow is all gone".

That would be entirely appropriate. :-)
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... want your own private skintrack? Better move to the yukon dude. (B'ham Allen, 2011).
...USA: government of the people by corporate proxies for business.

Andy Carey, Nisqually Park, 3500 feet below Paradise
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Re: 11-11-12, Mt. Rainier, Muir vertigo
« Reply #29 on: 11/14/12, 06:47 AM »

Looks like they had to eat them.  Or use them for firewood? Smiley

If they left them on the mountain, I hope the rangers gave them a ticket for littering.  Grin
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Re: 11-11-12, Mt. Rainier, Muir vertigo
« Reply #30 on: 11/14/12, 11:00 AM »

Anybody who's tried to navigate in a whiteout knows it could happen to them.  It's a pretty disorienting thing that only patience, practice, and sometimes luck resolves.  I was coming down from Muir and saw 18 people walking up into the clouds on this Sunday and these 2 ended up staying there for a couple nights.  It's as humbling as an opportunity for learning.  If you think you'll find yourself above treeline with weather: practice, practice, practice.  It's not enough to suggest it couldn't happen to you.  It will.  Take clinics, read, learn in low consequence/familiar terrain.  It doesn't come natural and like all skills it needs to be refreshed frequently.  I'm totally impressed these guys stayed warm/healthy in pretty wicked conditions.  They had some pretty level heads, made good survival decisions (911, snow cave, kept moving,..), had great SAR support, and luck was on their side.  I hope we get to hear their survival story as I'm sure we'll all learn from it.
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« Reply #31 on: 11/14/12, 12:50 PM »

I'm totally impressed these guys stayed warm/healthy in pretty wicked conditions. 

Me too.  One night I can imagine, but having to stay out a second night would be very disheartening. 
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Re: 11-11-12, Mt. Rainier, Muir vertigo
« Reply #32 on: 11/14/12, 04:01 PM »

Anybody who's tried to navigate in a whiteout knows it could happen to them.  It's a pretty disorienting thing that only patience, practice, and sometimes luck resolves.  I was coming down from Muir and saw 18 people walking up into the clouds on this Sunday and these 2 ended up staying there for a couple nights.  It's as humbling as an opportunity for learning.  If you think you'll find yourself above treeline with weather: practice, practice, practice.  It's not enough to suggest it couldn't happen to you.  It will.  Take clinics, read, learn in low consequence/familiar terrain.  It doesn't come natural and like all skills it needs to be refreshed frequently.  I'm totally impressed these guys stayed warm/healthy in pretty wicked conditions.  They had some pretty level heads, made good survival decisions (911, snow cave, kept moving,..), had great SAR support, and luck was on their side.  I hope we get to hear their survival story as I'm sure we'll all learn from it.

I've experienced a severe whiteout on the  Muir snowfield and it was psychologically challenging and intimidating... incredibly so.  Also one on Mt. St. Helens and I am thankful to have studied how to work with one... but they are always a bear to deal with.
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Re: 11-11-12, Mt. Rainier, Muir vertigo
« Reply #33 on: 11/14/12, 05:02 PM »

That bomber layer under the powder couldn't have been easy to dig a cave in.
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Re: 11-11-12, Mt. Rainier, Muir vertigo
« Reply #34 on: 11/14/12, 05:15 PM »

That bomber layer under the powder couldn't have been easy to dig a cave in.

At least for the first night they got into a "crevasse" (maybe a bergschrund) and covered the top with their snowboards to break the east wind; not sure what they did the second night, but it appears they spent it in a different location.
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... want your own private skintrack? Better move to the yukon dude. (B'ham Allen, 2011).
...USA: government of the people by corporate proxies for business.

Andy Carey, Nisqually Park, 3500 feet below Paradise
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