Describe A Humbling Day in the Backcountry
A few seasons ago, I was still riding well into May. It had been several days of pre-sunrise wake ups, trying to ride in the high peaks before the snow got too warm. My partner and I were a bit slower than we anticipated due to difficult skinning conditions and fatigue from the last few days. We were about halfway up the couloir and decided that it was getting too warm and we should turn around. While we were descending, a pocket of wet snow released above me and started to push me over. I had just ridden past a section of cliffs, so I was extremely lucky to not have gotten pushed over the cliffs. We were able to descend safely the rest of the way and I got away with a free lesson. That time of year, every minute counts and you have to be able to turn around before you get that close to “the line”.