But then came the internet.
Nowadays when a steep line is skied, it is often national knowledge within an hour of it being skied, and once “the booter is in” it may get skied many times in quick succession. This phenomenon is becoming very common in Europe, and closer to home, a classic example is the East Face of Pyramid Peak which went unrepeated for 20+ years, then saw a rapid succession of descents last year once word got out that the booter was in and it was stable.
This is both good and bad. Part of learning how to ski mountaineer is literally following in the footsteps of others, yet at the same time, conditions on steep slopes can radically change within just a few hours and what was safe yesterday might be dangerous today. I’m a big proponent of self responsibility (and trip reports) and hope that people realize that a booter and ski tracks don’t necessarily mean a slope is good to go.
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