Devon O’Neil is a correspondent for Outside magazine and an avid skier based in Blue River, Colorado. He moonlights as a hut master for a network of backcountry cabins above 3300 m (11,000 feet).
Chronicling an avalanche rescue at the height of the pandemic
Last March, as COVID-19 wreaked havoc globally, a lifesaving rescue involving dozens of people took place above tiny Ophir, Colorado. The reporter who covered it breaks down what happened and the lessons learned, with discussion on the challenge of accident reporting that must straddle the line between privacy for the subject and the benefits for the public.