A small company out of Draper, Utah is offering athletes insurance for blown out knees, broken bones, and chopped up faces that occur in the line of sports duty. Xtreme Sports Insurance plans start at $17 per month, and they will pay some of your hospital bills if you become injured while participating in your Xtreme Sport or just walking down the sidewalk (depending on your plan).
Insurance start-ups haven't been crazy popular, but maybe we'll see more of this as the health insurance landscape changes. These simple plans are refreshing change from the inch-thick stacks of paper you have to wade through to look at most insurance fine print. I really hope these guys are successful and don't use the same screw-everyone-over practices as their larger competitors.
Sometimes, and I have said in the past, this blog just writes itself. For some reason, Alec Meyer didn't just shut up and consider himself very lucky to have survived an avalanche with no avy gear, knowledge or intelligence. The Summit Daily published another story about him causing and riding out an avalanche on Loveland Pass last week -- I assume he called the paper and asked to talk to a reporter after he felt the first article made him sound like a moron. This one just makes it worse -- i.e., his avalanche beacon would have helped him, but Santa Claus hasn't delivered it yet (forget the fact that his friend didn't have one on her either); he plans to take an avalanche Level I class after four years of backcountry skiing, etc. Sometimes it's best to just fade away into memory, kiddo.
Though Meyer said he's ridden the Loveland Ridge area extensively over the past four years, he was lacking essential backcounty gear. But he said it wasn't for lack of knowledge.
"they inspected the snow for cracks."
“I ordered a beacon and shovel for Christmas already,” Meyer said. “I just didn't have it on me yet.”
Meyer — who is already singed up to take an avalanche safety class in January — said he'd encourage anyone to sign up for a workshop.
“We tried to go in there as well-informed as we could,” said 25-year-old Alec Meyer. He said he still plans to backcountry ski, but that he “would more than reconsider” snowboarding on similar slopes in similar conditions to the site of his accident.
Dec. 1: A talented young man writes about this POV avalanche burial video in the December issue of the Mountain Gazette, saying "It’s a good clip for anyone who’s ever hitched rides to get free turns on Loveland Pass, Berthoud Pass, or anywhere else, without any avy knowledge or equipment."
Seems we're getting a lot of visitors about this because of our coverage of the last accident on Mt. Hood. It's not looking good for the search as bad weather moves in. The AP is reporting that a storm has grounded the helicopter and SAR efforts for missing climbers Anthony Vietti and Katie Nolan. A third climber, Luke Gullberg, was found Saturday. He had apparently succumbed to hypothermia after surviving a fall.
Rescuers retrieved a 67-year-old hiker who'd gone into the mountains of New Mexico and become lost. He spent a week in the cold temperatures, and when they found him they say his 3-year-old lab Zulu was sitting on his chest to keep him warm. As the hiker recovers from hypothermia, dehydration and his health slowly improves, even more searchers have jumped in to help find his dog. The rescuers say Zulu bolted as soon as they approached the downed hiker.
This afternoon an animal rescue group will play recordings of the dog's owner's voice, and they're stuffing live traps with her roasted chicken to try to get the animal to come home. It seems the story has garnered Arizona media attention on the scale of a panda birth in the zoo, and now there's also a reward for $2,700 if you find the animal. Too bad people can't run around and be cute; we might be more interested in finding them when they get lost.