The Cover of the Patagonia Catalog

Yes, Haines is once again sort of famous. Or at least in a lot of mail boxes this week. The Snow 2013 issue of the Patagonia Catalog has a dramatic Haines avalanche on the cover. Which made my heart stop after the fatal accidents of the last two heli-ski seasons. The good news is that the boarder at the top of the slide was able to stop-- and that he's Haines resident Ryland Bell, which must be a first, and is pretty great for him and us. Still, the image and especially this caption, caused me to reach for the rosary beads, "Wake-up call. Ryland Bell clings to the spine after the first line of the day dropped from under him on the Dirty Needle. Haines, Alaska."  Holy Mary, mother of God, thank you-- and pray for a safer winter and spring.

Ryland is that orange dot above the avalanche pictured on the cover.



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