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Default Snowmobiler dies in Cooke City avalanche

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COOKE CITY - A snowmobiler died in an avalanche near Cooke City on Wednesday.
Park County Undersheriff Scott Hamilton said in a press release that the sheriff's office received a report at about 1:30 p.m. of a person partially buried in an avalanche in the Henderson Peak area. The victim was reported to not be breathing.

Use caution guys, I hate seeing this and every year I keep seeing it.
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Sheesh, kinda early. Hope it's the last.
Condolences.
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Condolences. Awfully early in the season for such a tragedy.
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Way to early for this!! Pack is unstable use caution on such terrain.
That is a hard ride home..condolences.
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Hate seeing this chit!! Especially this early in the season!
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Default Snowmobiler dies in Cooke City avalanche

Everyone wants to Stretch the legs on their summer build and new sleds. Big slopes this time of year ain't the place. I've never rode cooke and with all the areas to explore in the bighorns, I might not ever make it!

What a Sad sad deal this is! let's spread the word about this early fatality and make this year the lowest avalanche fatality year on record......

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Sorry for this long re-post, but this is very applicable, please read. Ride safe my friends .............

This past weekend (2011) during the 16th year of my invitational ride out of Afton, we had a burial from an avalanche on Friday. There were 36 riders. Elevation was 9900.

He was stuck in the bottom of a ravine in a fill point run-out, and the unseen cornice broke at the top. He had taken his helmet off to dig out. It was a soft roller, he jumped up as it hit him, but lots of snow & buried him 8 under & his sled was 12 deep. 2 others were on the side and saw/filmed the whole thing.

9 of us were able to respond; he was wearing a beacon, and he was located in 2-3 minutes, and dug out in 4-5 minutes by those that reached him.. He was blue, but breathing, unhurt and VERY happy!

Even tho our training, level headedness and coordination saved his life without a doubt, there are a couple of lessons I want to share;

#1. DOUBLE & TRIPLE check that all responders have their beacons on search or off if not searching.

#2. DO NOT ride the extreme backcountry without survival / rescue gear.

#3. TRUST your equipment.

#4. Ensure someone takes charge to clear the radio channels and give orders.

#5. When responding, if you have one keep your avy pack on; take all gear with you to the dig site (some probes were forgotten in the haste to get to him).

#6. When responding, try and remember to park your sled downhill.

#7. Due to the ever vigilant awareness of the group to others while riding, the slide and burial was watched as it happened and the group was able to respond immediately.

Ride smart, Be safe. Share this with others if you care to.

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Was he a local or someone from the flats? Either way, sad day.
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Was he a local or someone from the flats? Either way, sad day.
The victim, a 31-year-old man from North Dakota.
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Sorry for this long re-post, but this is very applicable, please read. Ride safe my friends .............

This past weekend (2011) during the 16th year of my invitational ride out of Afton, we had a burial from an avalanche on Friday. There were 36 riders. Elevation was 9900.

He was stuck in the bottom of a ravine in a fill point run-out, and the unseen cornice broke at the top. He had taken his helmet off to dig out. It was a soft roller, he jumped up as it hit him, but lots of snow & buried him 8 under & his sled was 12 deep. 2 others were on the side and saw/filmed the whole thing.

9 of us were able to respond; he was wearing a beacon, and he was located in 2-3 minutes, and dug out in 4-5 minutes by those that reached him.. He was blue, but breathing, unhurt and VERY happy!

Even tho our training, level headedness and coordination saved his life without a doubt, there are a couple of lessons I want to share;

#1. DOUBLE & TRIPLE check that all responders have their beacons on search or off if not searching.

#2. DO NOT ride the extreme backcountry without survival / rescue gear.

#3. TRUST your equipment.

#4. Ensure someone takes charge to clear the radio channels and give orders.

#5. When responding, if you have one keep your avy pack on; take all gear with you to the dig site (some probes were forgotten in the haste to get to him).

#6. When responding, try and remember to park your sled downhill.

#7. Due to the ever vigilant awareness of the group to others while riding, the slide and burial was watched as it happened and the group was able to respond immediately.

Ride smart, Be safe. Share this with others if you care to.

SLIM .....................
Good post SLIM, I just wanted to add some info that may help. I love riding Cooke City, we have been riding there for more than 10 years and know where to avoid, but we have triggered slides/avs in areas we have never expected.
Our rules:
1) Always be alert of terrain & riders.
2) If it even looks a tiny bit sketchy/avalanche prone don't go there.
3) 1 person on a hill at a time, if they get stuck up there DO NOT go help them(could trigger it).
4) Stay away from hill sides with baby trees, its an indication of heavy av/slide areas.
5) Cooke has lots of deep draws/chutes, don't ride them! Only one place for the snow to go and nowhere for you to go.
6) Stay as a group, no lone wolf riders that you don't know their location.
7) Watch the weather.
8) Each rider has 51% say to not go in a bad looking direction.
Hope this helps.
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