Cindy Gagnon was backcountry skiing in Canada when she was buried in an avalanche.
Just a few hours later, the people she was skiing with — her friends — acted like nothing had happened. They reveled in the fresh powder, hooting and hollering as they skied home.
How could that be? And what did it mean?
This is a story about a type of denial we all engage in, whether in the wilderness or in our careers. It’s a denial that simultaneously explains — and impedes — our ability for survival. And it might make you think twice about the decisions you make in the future.
Listen: Out There: Denial