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  1. Go Native, I appreciate your perspective but I don't see anyone on here ratcheting up the fear factor. What I see is a bunch of people discussing real and relative risks and trying to educate themselves to stay safe and explore their boundaries. I don't see anything positive coming out of discouraging this process as long as the information being shared is accurate and reliable. I say more power to everyone involved. Regarding Niseko's 'safe' slack/backcountry - I think your view is true to a large extent but I'm afraid that good stats in the past does not necessarily equate to good stats
  2. Remember to keep the relative safety our sport in perspective. In Australia, only about 0.5% of snowsports participants need medical attention of any sort and as far as I know we have quite a high injury rate compared to other countries (hard snow, ice, crowded runs, inexperience, gung-ho attitude) I can't speak from experience for crack rescue but have other mountain and crevasse rescue experience. In almost all rescues I have taken part, where it isn't safe to approach the casualty, a rope is involved. These are organised rescues, however similar principles apply on BC trips. Re: short
  3. Jackson1996, I would like to ask you some questions if you don't mind: Do you know how the skier you mentioned fell in the crack? Was he skiing alone? Did somebody see him fall? How long was he in the crack for? How was he removed from the crack (you said he was unconscious so I am assuming he was unable to assist with the rescue)? Besniwood, it was concealed by a deep layer of fresh snow. I do not know the skier but have a mutual friend who was skiing with him on the day. There were three of them skiing. The other two got to the bottom before him. They waited several minu
  4. Over the last 20 years or so I have been increasingly concerned by the numbers of people who buy a shovel, piep and probe and think they have BC/avi skills. So I am relieved to see some discussion about BC safety and awareness. The day you stop asking questions is the day you get into strife. Glide cracks and holes are part of the Japanese snowpack and can really form any time depending on the winter. That said you would be unlucky or doing something stupid to end up in one. Don't let it stop you pushing your limits and exploring; just educate yourself. Dont be afraid to talk to locals a
  5. please don't underestimate how difficult (read almost impossible) self rescue from a glide crack is. it is likely that you will have fallen head first with a lot of loose snow underneath you and above you. if your skis have released, you may be able to wriggle around but if they have not, you will very likely be stuck until you are rescued. asphyxiation is a common cause of death in these circumstances. early this season in niseko a very experienced local skier fell into a crack in bounds and was rescued unconscious; it is thought he survived longer than most because he was wearing a full
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