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Forecast Calls for Pain

Bruce Tremper and the art of avalanche forecast website maintenance.

Updated: September 2, 2009, 1:46 PM ET
By Tim Mutrie

It used to be an avalanche killed you dead and that was that. These days it is more painful. Now, plus death, you get to be blogged about—often from afar, before basic facts become available—by would-be Internet avalanche experts who are usually there to say something like this: You, the victim, made a fatal mistake. Double bummer indeed.

This sort of rationale may be comforting to the observers, but it is not always fair—or informed.

"A lot of folks see mistakes where ...

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