2 – Building a Quiver

| February 14, 2012

Part 2 in a 10 part series of personal avalanche avoidance theories…

Most skiers are familiar with the concept of owning a quiver, or variety of skis.  Quivers often include powder skis, rock skis, fatties, all-around, racing, resort, tele, twin tips, etc..  The idea is to have the correct ski for the ever changing conditions.

This same concept applies to avalanche avoidance, except instead of a quiver of skis, it is a quiver of partners for different conditions.  I have some friends who I know not to call if the project du jour involves anything less than a short approach, 45+ degree skiing and a rappel. Others are into expedition skiing, long approaches and/or low odds of success.  Others are content to take a few safe, fun runs and call it good. Some are all around partners.

Skiing steep lines requires partners who are comfortable with a certain amount of risk, but heading out on a considerable or high danger day with a partner who is hard-wired to only ski the steeps is a recipe for disaster. Even if you make a Scouts Honor pledge at the start of the day to be mellow, each run seems to notch it up a bit, until, voila, you trigger a slide.

Help support StraightChuter.com and quiver-up with some Dynafit TLT Vertical ST Alpine Touring Binding from Backcountry.com. Click on the photo below…

Category: 07 Avalanche Avoidance

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Andrew McLean lives in Park City, Utah and is a gear designer, writer, photographer, ski mountaineer, climber, Mountain Unicycle rider and father of two very loud little girls.

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  1. Andy says:

    The real question is where to get those pink ski straps. My quiver contains many lengths but only one color.

  2. Chuck says:

    Rock skis check! Rock skis check!! I need another pair of skis.

  3. Andrew says:

    Yeah, I’m not sure where that pink strap came from, but it’s pretty cool and very unique, so I haven’t lost it yet.

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