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Tree entrapment: lessons to learn for winter backcountry skiers

WINTER SPORTS -- A hoot of a day in deep pow can come to a suffocating end should you fall and become trapped upside down in a tree well.

This real-life accident and rescue is worth viewing and discussing.

It points out the obvious value of skiing in a group.

Two other points come to mind immediately

  • Backcountry skiers should have their shovels accessible and ready to use NOW.
  • And EVERYBODY should have a shovel ready to use NOW.

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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