Monday, January 14, 2019
Too Damn Dumb to Live
In recent years, British Columbia has been averaging somewhere close to 10 fatalities a year from avalanches. Many of the victims, it seems, are Albertans.
The latest to die are a 51-year old Calgarian and the man's 24-year old son who remains missing.
There have been plenty of avalanche warnings of late and there were warnings of avalanche hazards in the Purcell Mountains where the party of nine Albertans took their snowmobiles. Despite the warnings the group was competing in "high marking" on Saturday when the avalanche claimed its victims.
This is what high-marking can lead to:
What in hell causes these people to ignore avalanche warnings and do the very thing most likely to trigger an avalanche? It can be perilous at the best of times but why court death?