I realize I haven’t posted as much this past season. Needless to say, it hasn’t been due to lack of being in the backcountry. As many of you know I decided to go back to school last fall for snow hydrology and doing pre-course work in that realm. I had the opportunity to work and go out with many fascinating and knowledgeable people this past season. Progressed another step in AIARE, and took away a wealth of knowledge in the dynamics of snow science. Particularly the great influence of people I have had the opportunity to work with this past season with AIARE, University of Colorado ATOC, the fine folks in the many disciplines at INSTAAR, and forecasters with CAIC to name a few.
I am at a crossroads thinking over all the opportunities the backcountry and the field of snow science has to offer.
This coming season I will try to keep the blog updated more often and post some fabulousa (now a word) trip reports and tips for other backcountry users. I am in the process of gathering waypoints and exploring routes while the summer season is here.
To others in the field of snow science, whom dedicate their lives to avalanche forecasting, that sometimes run in to these crossroads and have these same doubts (you know who you are, and this is for you); I echo these words:
“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
― Dalai Lama
Everyone enjoy the summer season!