|Griffin and Trevor|
|Area that ripped out tonight.|
I definitely learned a lesson tonight. Some things we did to perfection and some things we ignored. Complacency kills. Always follow avalanche protocol even if you feel safe, you are in the mountains and they can be unforgiving. Talk about what everyone is going to do if something does go wrong. Verbalize the plan out loud. Speak up if you feel uneasy about something. Griffin said afterwards he wished he told me to go through with the ski cut. He wanted me to do the ski cut but I didn't. The run fractured right along where I would have done a ski cut. I had powder panic and didn't want to lose out on a couple of powder turns so I opted out of the ski cut. I played with my life over a couple of deep powder turns, how stupid! I didn't treat the slope with the respect it deserved. Always travel one at a time in risky areas. Only having one person exposed to danger allowed Trevor and Griffin to be available to assist me if needed after the slide. I always wondered if something slid would I be able to remember to put the Avalung in my mouth, and I did. I will probably have more thoughts but I am still processing the whole night. The layer seemed to have collapsed on a layer of graupel. The photos do not do the size and power of this avalanche justice.