January 13, 2009

The Nature of Wisdom

Evening sky during the recent Chinook. The rapid warming associated with a Chinook can unleash a world of hurt on recrationalists in the mountains.

I've read that wisdom can be described as "knowing without having to experience." Some days I believe in this idea, though mostly I am too much the iconoclast to abide by it. When Josh and I left to ski the Wapta Traverse yesterday, I think it's fair to say that we were doing so in spite of what we knew. We knew that conditions were crap and that the avy hazard was high. But still we went. Why? To go have a look and see for ourselves what was really going on. Of course, we didn't make it far before deciding to abort.

This was just about the only terrain that felt safe.

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