>"Instead of explaining how much smarter than those kids we are---it would be a lot more interesting to hear about our mistakes."
Oh, I wasn't saying I'm smarter than them at all. I can easily imagine it going down the same way.
But I like Paul's idea of analyzing our own mistakes instead of someone else's.
We were skiing up a CA mountain in touring X-C skiis. Going fine, long schlep, then on a wind-blown traverse, my edgeless skiis slipped and I was sliding down a long slope that lead to a much steeper slope. No ice axe. No self-arrest poles.
The pointest thing I had was the tip of my touring pole, but one wrist was in the strap. So with the opposite hand I held the basket to the snow, pulled with the strapped wrist and tried to get as much weight as possible onto the pole tip. It was working, then my butt hit a bump, the tip popped out and I had to start over again. It worked and when I came to a stop, I wiggled that tip in deeper and deeper before kicking one step, then another. . .
All the time, in my mind, the Rainier Mountaineering Instructor from my glacier travel class was yelling, "Keep trying, keep trying, get that point in!"
So now I take test falls (in safe spots) on a slope and repeat throughout the day. Once the sun hits it, the slope is often safer than I imagined. But when well below freezing, and I like a solid self-arrest option with me. Or I stay off steep slopes.
Editted to repeat my previous griz mistake: No tunes in bear country! Seeing 5 in a year is too many for me. Keeping my wits about me and yakking it up when near water, berries and poor sight lines keeps it down to about one sighting a year.