A Dozen More Turns is a great documentary that I recommend to anyone who plans on heading into the backcounty this winter. Even if you won’t be heading out, you may want to watch just out of personal interest.
One of Student Films Across America’s local picks, directed by Amber Seyler. A Dozen More Turns is the true story of five close friends, all with extensive avalanche education, who went on a New Year’s Day hut trip in Southwestern Montana. A member of the group triggered an avalanche with truly devastating consequences. This film tells this tragic story in an effort to help backcountry enthusiasts re-calibrate their decision-making processes when up on the slopes. Using emotional interviews, science and compelling home video footage left behind by the group, each viewer is left wondering if simply having avalanche education is enough to save our lives in the backcountry. How much are we willing to risk for a dozen more turns?
You can view the entire movie below, or download it (116mb) from this website. It’s very compelling and definitely worth the look.