SAVED BY A TRACKER IN BARILOCHE, ARGENTINA
I was buried for 8 minutes and was dug up by friends whom I consider family today. Since then, I have developed a new respect for backcountry skiing and snowboarding and also for the guides who know more than anyone. Last year I decided I wanted to learn as much as possible about the backcountry and I am well on my way to that. My goal is to eventually become a guide so that I will have the ability to protect people like my former self who have no knowledge of the backcountry and the danger of avalanches.
Right now I’m interning at South America Snow Sessions in Argentina with two of my guide friends from Silverton Mountain, Colo. While I may not have an avalanche 1 or 2 certification, I have learned more from just riding with these guys than I could anywhere else. However, I’m taking my avalanche 1 cert. next week. I feel more than comfortable using my beacon and I would trust myself to save someone’s life if they were fully buried. However, I never cease to practice.
My backcountry kit consists of all BCA gear. It is top quality gear and I use it every day. Anyway, I wanted to thank you for both saving my life and giving me inspiration.