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  1. #1
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    A couple of videos to discuss




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    I saw the first one earlier today. Seems like they knew somewhat the mistakes they made (party-riding a line like that, wearing pole straps), no mention of airing into it, which seems to me like it is yet even more likely to trigger the slide. The whole thing seems sort of crazy to me, but I wasn't there, so I'll just take away a "descend one at a time" reminder and be glad for the buried guy that his friends got him. I didn't get the "prank" thing at the end, but I am guessing that's a translation thing. Anyone speak enough French to convey what was intended there?

    It feels like the intended moral of both videos is to practice with your beacons, which seems like a good reminder this time of year.

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    ^^^ Yep, I posted to FB the need to actually think about shoveling strategy.

    Most people can get really good with their beacons and then totally flub digging something/one up. Lots of time can get lost.

    We practice that a lot in training and it seems so easy until you try it.

    After a session or two you have that Doh! moment and wonder why no one ever thought of it before.

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    ugh those videos always make me sick to my stomach
    yea the digging part is way underrated by most and good to practice since most people focus on the beacon search
    I explain it to people as being the hardest you've ever worked in your life
    skid luxury

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    I had a nice compact shovel that fit perfectly in my pack... but ditched it mid season last year for a longer / slightly larger one that doesn't fit as well but also has a hoe mode. Pretty sure my friends I ski with in the backcountry appreciate the sentiment. You can move SO MUCH MORE snow in a hurry that way.

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    I knew they were French in the first video before I heard the voices. Nutters.

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    i haven't had to dig for somebody's life but i've always imagined that it would be a horrible battle between everything in your system redlining and having to pace yourself to some degree if you're alone. i would imagine a lot of people exhaust themselves early in a dig because of adrenaline and borderline panic.

    i don't mean to be insensitive to anybody here but it has occurred to me more than a few times in my contemplations of bc splitboarding. burial vids freak me out.

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