Massive Avalanche Near Revelstoke

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by nhluhr » Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:09 pm

John Duffield wrote:Something I think about from time to time as I cycle around NYC. The difference between an ugly accident and a rude gesture can be a fraction of a second. Someone that doesn't have quick reaction times simply isn't going to survive. Same thing in the mountains. It is, as you say, Mother Nature selecting between those that think they're fast enough and those that really are (fast enough).
Couldn't agree more.

Reaction times for rational cerebral responses are not all that correlated to reaction times for emotional, amygdallic responses.

The kinds of reaction-time tests you can take on the internet only test your rational reaction time.... In other words, it tests the amount of time it takes for you to observe, interpret, and rationally decide to react.

However, the sort of reaction that matters in sudden survival situations (like jumping out of the way of a car) is purely emotional and never gets rationally considered, as the amygdala intercepts stimuli that have been (evolutionally or experiencially) learned and triggers an instant reaction before the stimuli can even be forwarded to the cerebral cortex to be processed rationally.

Thinking you're fast means bupkiss. Surviving repeated close-encounters actually proves something.

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by thelisa » Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:48 pm

Dingus Milktoast wrote:
That which did not kill me...


.....only defers the inevitable.

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by simonov » Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:24 pm

Brad Marshall wrote:Guess you'd have to know these folks to answer that question. Take a look at this video from 2006 and you tell me.

What's up with the nearly perfect correlation between videos of XTREME SPORTZ and horrible, shitty metal hair music?

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by don » Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:00 pm

CAA Preliminary Report on Boulder Mountain Avalanche Accident ... 3138567eba

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by Bill Kerr » Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:01 pm

Canadian Avalanche Assoc prelim report and post pictures

The two guys who died were best friends and they were highmarking - started the avalanche. This could have been much worse if everyone had not responded so quickly. The buried were dug out by 21 minutes and there were many helicopter responses to fly out the injured. I heard there was over 100 spot alerts went out.
Very lucky that this wasn't the worst avi in Canadian history.

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by Brad Marshall » Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:27 pm

Speaking of Jesus Christ check out that hair!


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by Bill Kerr » Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:29 pm

DMT - that polyester suit and hair! Must of had the girls swooning all over you.

Another avalanche in Revy - another snowmobiler dead.

Possible child endangerment charges for those that took their kids to the previous event.


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