'Always wear a beacon,' says Utah man who assisted in avalanche rescue

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  • 4Shore Farmington, Utah
    Feb. 4, 2013 1:40 p.m.


    Was this an attempt to sound intelligent? Your comment came across as being pompous and extremely uneducated. I'm guessing the biggest risk you take everyday is stepping outside into the sun after playing World of Warcraft all day. It must be really difficult for you to live life because it's full of "Anti-risk" technology such as airbags in cars.

    Try to be a little my sympathetic and understand a life was almost lost from this avalanche. As someone who is very familiar with what occurred, the individual who was buried was being extremely safe and was not doing anything to provoke the avalanche. It's similar to someone driving 50 mph in the slow lane just to be safe, but is then hit by a drunk driver from oncoming traffic. Accidents happen no matter how safe you're being and thankfully there's technology that just might save your life like airbags in a car or in the case of this avalanche, a beacon.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 12:05 p.m.

    To "101Ways" the equipment for protection is nothing near the cost of the equipment for the sport.

    In this case, look at the cost of a snowmobile. The average cost for a new snowmobile is $11,000. A beacon can be purchased for $200 to $300. That means for less than 3% of the cost of the machiene, you can get the beacon to help yourself be safe.

  • 101Ways Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 4, 2013 3:42 a.m.

    You can sell the tools and equip for risk taking in a sport or occupation but that is the nature of being human. If beacons were not so expensive then more people would have them. High cost fun has little market value in the spirit of sports and risk.

    When profits can be made by induced propaganda by advertising and government greed by neglect to inform the danger, risk, and death are never advertised as a side effect of a sport luring the ill prepared to take risks.

    Our lives and the way we live is all based on instinctive risk and you can't buy that or sell it. And the young age group of those making high risk fun a thrill will never think about personal safety or advice preventing it.

    Risk means you can fail, and if you survive the risks it makes you stronger and more determined, that is why we desire the dangers in taking risk. Anti-risk prevention technology is for the risk impaired that shouldn't be taking the risks they can't survive.