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  •  speed in a white-out... (5+ / 0-)

    ...I had heard about & read about whiteouts...had been in a number of low visibility situations, in the back of my mind was the notion that whiteouts, well, there has to be some kinda reference points even in a white-out, yes?


    I'm a decent skier with my own shaped 189s. The fastest I've ever gone on skis was when I hadda follow a much more skilled skier through a white-out.

    Cheers, ag...

    •  In one white out, I was trying to (15+ / 0-)

      Take my blind mom down the slope to get to shelter. (She followed my voice, and follwed my instuctions when to turn)
      I forgot that the slope had a catwalk under a cliff. Maybe a ten 12 foot drop.

      The snow was piling up, could not see anything. It was then that I realized how much trust she put in me to ski down a mountain.

      You were supposed to stop, turn at the cliff, go left, and get onto the catwalk. In the whiteout, we (me) saw nothing. Off the cliff I fell, about 10 feet face first into really soft snow. My skis stayed on, and were imbedded tips first. My mouth was so full of snow, I could not yell out and warn her. Then, POW, she landed the same way, right next to me. By this time, I cleared my mouth and hoped she was alive. She spit out the snow, and began laughing, "wee! Let's do it again!" (It was at this point that I began questioning her sanity.  And mine)

      We made it down safe, and the snow was two feet higher the next day.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 02:28:22 PM PST

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