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Tue., Feb. 21, 2012, 11:52 a.m.

Why should we comment on avalanche tragedy?

A snowboarder rides past debris from a large avalanche on Blackcomb mountain in Whistler, B.C. (Associated Press)
A snowboarder rides past debris from a large avalanche on Blackcomb mountain in Whistler, B.C. (Associated Press)

WINTER SPORTS -- Like other commentary's on Sunday's avalanche fatalities in the North Cascades, my column today is getting some people to think and learn.

Other readers are reacting emotionally and telling writers and the experts we quote that we have no business analyzing avalanche incidents.

The people involved in the Stevens Pass avalanche tragedy were carrying equipment and using safety techniques that were adopted after experts had investigated previous accidents.

Skiers who enjoy the backcountry will add what they learn from Sunday's incidents in the Cascades to make their next outing safer.

No one is saying they shouldn’t do it.  Objective people are saying look, understand, learn.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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