On February 19th, 2011 I was caught in a massive avalanche in the backcountry accessed terrain off the backside of Stevens Pass Resort in Washington. I deployed my ABS Avalanche Airbag within the first few seconds of being caught in the slide and I account my partial burial and ultimate survival to the ABS backpack I wore that day. I will always be equipped with my ABS backpack as well as my transceiver, shovel, and probe whenever I ski in the backcountry or fresh powder terrain in and out of bounds at ski resorts. I do not use the backpack as a means to forego knowledge and proper protocol in the mountains but rather as another safety device if something were to go wrong.
Photo Credit: Cody Townsend
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