Saturday, April 08, 2006

CO2 vent

Three ski patrollers died at Mammoth this past Thursday: two fell into a geothermal vent filled with CO2 and the third was trying to rescue them. I was looking at stories and photos. It's sad, and it makes you wonder if the sport is worth it. Probably if you asked these guys before they died, they'd say yes.

One of the pictures was strange to me, because it suggests that this was a heavily skied area. Yikes. It's possible that all those tracks were made after the accident, but given the number and the variety of approach and departure directions, I don't think so.

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