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  1. #1
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    Outside Mag: Disaster in the Alps

    Not technically a "Slide Zone" incident but seemed to fit here best and touches on a lot of common themes (expert halo, adapting to changing conditions, reliance on technology).

    https://www.outsideonline.com/232904...route-disaster

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    Very sobering, but good read and reminder. Thanks for sharing.

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    Good read. Thanks for posting. Lots of things to think about as I'm currently trying to line up such a trip this year.
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    Fascinating story. Hard to believe a guide in the Alps wouldn't have redundancy built into his navigation systems when setting out on a day with a sketchy weather forecast like that. My Garmin e-Trex 20 is so bomber I would never leave it at home, even though I do use my phone too. Phones are just...delicate. Fickle. Not waterproof, and they don't do well in the cold. Plus they need charging (Garmin just needs a fresh set of batteries, easy to carry). If somebody had downloaded the GPX track of the winter route onto their Garmin, the whole thing could have turned out okay.

    Anyway, nobody is immune to making errors in judgment, including me. RIP to those who lost their lives.

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    Good sobering read for all those touring in the mountains, including those who choose to be guided.
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    A good read and such a tragedy. Made me rethink my own decisions the last couple of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahman View Post
    If somebody had downloaded the GPX track of the winter route onto their Garmin, the whole thing could have turned out okay.
    Yup. My exposure to guided trips is somewhat limited, mostly encountering guided parties while on self-guided trips. The handful of times I've been a client, I had maps and GPSr loaded with waypoints, was able to do my own navigation and always knew where I was on the map (which is how I roll in the mountains). Guides are nice because they have local knowledge re lines, loading, safe spots, etc., but I'm always equipped to get my own ass out of the wilderness irrespective of who leads the trip.

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    Anyway, nobody is immune to making errors in judgment, including me. RIP to those who lost their lives.
    True. Shit happens

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    Copycat. http://www.spiegel.de/international/...a-1220184.html.
    Better, original story.

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    I saw a incredible presentation from Pascal Gaspoz on the rescue effort... Imagine you have 10 hypotheric patients at high altitude.....

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