Background for the question, details, video, peectures: http://bedrockandparadox.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/first-epic-of-2011-a-case-study/
Summary: My friend Bill and I did a big ski traverse on Saturday. A while after dark we found ourselves struggling along a broad ridge in the dark, in a storm, dealing with crappy conditions, looking for a way off through avy terrain in potentially bad avy conditions. We found a safe way off, and made it out waaay after dark.
It was super fun.
So then, the exit question is, what was most important to our success and safety?