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In high consequence terrain, there is no room for error. Right after we threw the rope to drop into this line, a wet sluff came off a cliff right into the steepest part of the couloir above the mandatory rappel. It wasn't huge, but it was large enough to sweep you off your feet. With plenty of remaining snow on the heating rocks (hangfire), we decided to bail on our objective. It was disheartening to turn around after many hours, miles and vertical feet of approaching with heavy packs, but it was the right call. It's good to try hard things and fail often, and it makes the eventual success sweeter. Thanks to everyone who responded to my video inquiry with suggestions on content topics. To help answer your questions, on Monday afternoon, 3/13 at 4:15 MST, I'll be doing a Facebook live to answer your questions about backcountry snow basics! Tune in to learn more about layering and equipment and have your questions answered! Link in profile. Photo: @ktmillerphoto @patagonia @movementskis @lekiusa @julbousa @clifbar @prethelmets

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