Monday, March 5, 2012

Managing the Unmanageable

Brian Harder's blog usually focuses on lightweight gear and hard-core fitness, but his recent post on "slough management" is very insight.  Definitely reading the entire post, although here's a quick excerpt to whet your appetite:
"The expression suggests an ability to somehow control one of winter's most powerful natural forces - piles of snow yielding to the force of gravity. We see the term written in stories and hear it and see it in adrenaline-fueled ski porn. The fatter skis and higher speeds of today's free skiers allows for "managing" ever larger so-called sloughs. But at some point we need to call a spade a spade and admit that some of these events are really avalanches. I mean, who are we kidding here?"

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