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Skier saved from cliff is grateful to rescuers
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eric chan
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Skier saved from cliff is grateful to rescuers on 12/27/2011 01:34:57 MST Print View

reminder to make sure you can go back up anything you go down ... and vice versa ...

An avid back-country snowboarder, Lawrence Floucault left Mount Washington at 9 a.m. Friday, camped out overnight at McKenzie Lake and planned to finish his trek through Forbidden Plateau by Saturday afternoon.

Floucault said he's familiar with Mount Becher but he went too far in the wrong direction and couldn't find the trail he's used to.

He then found himself trapped on a cliff, unable to make it back up to the path.

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Dan Durston
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Safety on 12/27/2011 20:24:14 MST Print View

Not being able to make it back up a path you've decended is a common but little discussed mistake. I read the book 'Death in Yosemite' which details the ~900 deaths in the park, and quite a few of them were because someone slid/down climbed/fell into an area that they couldn't climb back up or down from. I try to be aware of this when I hike off-trail so I don't wind up trapped.