Describe A Humbling Day in the Backcountry
Understanding of your riding plan, and communication with your partner are crucial. You stay in sight, and stay in communication. I made the mistake one day of letting the thrill of pow take me away from keeping pace with my partner. I finished riding through the next pitch, but my partner was nowhere to be seen. I hit the radio, but silence was what returned. I yelled, nothing. I took a moment to collect myself and think. I took a guess that the channel may have switched on my partner accidentally, so I started swapping through my presets. I guessed right, thankfully, and the worst had not happened. My partner was fine, albeit they dropped down too low after losing visual sight of me. It was a strong reminder to make sure everyone is aware of the terrain plan, stays in visual contact and is diligent about syncing radio channels.