Today we returned to ski the same backcountry peak we skied yesterday, the same one I wrote about, and posted photos of, right here at DolomiteSport. Unlike yesterday, the parking area was not empty, it had a couple of cars. Why? They saw 1) the turns from the road and 2) the post.
Together with friends we laughed at the power of the web – the post certainly got some traffic. But how does this broadcasting of experience really make you feel? We see info sprayed to followers for everything, and from this info we can gather our own necessary data to make decisions about where to go and what to do.
The example: You go ski a line, a peak, whatever. Your buddy posts how great it was on Facebook and others head over to poach what free lines remain.
1) Psyched to see other people out
2) Feeling like your turf is being invaded and fully prepared for a territorial dispute
3) Going to de-Friend your friend on FB and un-follow on Twitter
4) Understanding that there is plenty of room for everyone and aware that you too glean heaps of info online
5) Could care less because you are headed to a sweet couloir that you saw on SuperTopo
6) Don’t understand what I am talking about because you came here looking for a Hotel in the Dolomites
No one seemed to mind and we actually knew the other skiers. There was peace and harmony when the groups crossed tracks. Nevertheless, as we were skinning a friend asked if we wanted to ski a secret tree stash tomorrow that is not in the new Sierra Backcountry Guide, “But no Facebook!”, he added. We are going, but you won’t be reading about it here. Eastern Sierra Privacy Laws.