Miller, a Vermont resident and outdoor filmmaker, slipped on a patch of ice on Hillman’s Highway and fell roughly 1,000 feet, hitting patches of ice, boulders, and at least one ice and rock buttress before sliding to a stop. If not for the quick action of members of the Mount Washington Avalanche Center and volunteer ski patrol, there’s a good chance he would have lost his life.
He was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where he spent a month recovering from his injuries. Finally at home, he had a chance to reflect on the incident and the actions and decision-making the led up to it.
He wrote to the Mount Washington Avalanche Center, which led to an interesting conversation between Miller and a MWAC snow ranger about risk and decision making. It’s something anyone who spends time in the mountains and backcountry can appreciate and, perhaps, learn from.