Kyle Smaine Death, Obituary – We didn’t find out about this until @adamcu280, whose survival of the slide was a miracle, got in touch with me afterward to tell me that Kyle and Schoffi had figured out on the summit that they both knew me, and taken a selfie together to send it to me later, one that I guess I’ll probably never see.
This was the only way that we found out about it. We realized that I’d been to that zone before, and we could visualize the flat transition zone at the bottom where these two fantastic guys lost their life. When I found out that information, it made everything even more crushingly real. We also realized that I’d been there before.
We were able to image quite well how they must have tried to flee through the deep snow to get away from the avalanche, only to realize that it was pointless for them to do so, and how panic must have gripped them right before the slide occurred. No one should have to go out in such a manner.
We pondered for a moment whether or not things would have turned out otherwise if they hadn’t both known me and if they hadn’t paused to take that selfie, whether or not one or both of them would still be alive today. We saw right away that it is difficult to control that, but it also made me realize how simple it would be to blame yourself for something that isn’t your fault. As a result, I hope from the bottom of my heart that everyone else understands that this was just a freak accident and nobody’s fault.
For those who do not have a comprehensive understanding of avalanche safety and backcountry skiing, I would compare this incident to being killed in a vehicle accident that was not their fault. When we get behind the wheel, we accept the danger that our lives could be taken in an instant if we are in the wrong location at the wrong moment. S