Jackson Hole Patrol lost a valuable member of their team this week. Mark Wolling was swept over a cliff and buried by an avalanche while doing control work. The community of ski bums allowed to handle explosives numbers less than 500 people nationwide, so we all feel it when a member gets caught in a slide.
Patrollers are a tight-knit group. We work where life-changing injuries are a reality and we depend on our partners if anything goes wrong. By all accounts, Wolling’s teammates did a great job of responding. Hopefully, they’ll focus on what went right, learn from what went wrong, and get a big storm so they can get back to blowing stuff up.