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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Does Size Matter?

I feel like a broken record.
I feel like a broken record.
I feel like a broken record.

Does size matter?

Here's an excellent video of a small avalanche.

Watch the video and draw your own conclusions about the relative safety of a small slope.

The slope in the video provides a perfect example of the concept of consequences. For any slope that contains enough snow for a complete burial, consequences are already at maximum regardless of the size of the slope.

Thanks to whoever posted this video. I assume that your friend is unhurt, and if so, it's great that you were paying attention because it doesn't take very much for situation like this to have an entirely different ending.

So, with that in mind, does size matter?

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