Just to provide a seasonal bump to this thread.
Everything here is posted with her permission.
As some of you know, the importance of ATGATT (all the gear all the time) was driven home sharply for me this past September, when Aryn was involved in a single vehicle accident North of Lac du Bonnet. Aryn was traveling through some curves at about 80km/h, nothing out of her ability, and certainly nothing new to her (our group loves to ride this particular road).
As for what happened, nobody will ever know. Animal jumped out maybe. No idea.
Aryn rode off the side of the road, tumbling end over end before coming to a stop in some trees, not 3 feet in front of a large rock face (from blasting for the road).
I was the first one to get to her, barely conscious. No reception up there, so if it wasn't for the guy who pulled over minutes later with a satellite phone, she wouldn't be here. The ambulance arrived a while later, and then she was finally air lifted to HSC with broken teeth, ribs, shoulder, and other injuries.
This is her a few days after the accident.
For those who have her on FB and whatever else, you know she made a tremendous recovery and was released from care about 3 months later.
Aryn was wearing every piece of gear from head to toe. She has only one scar on her head (from surgery) and a small scar on her knee. But most of all she is alive, and miraculously will be returning to work in the next month or so.
Like I said in my original post, I can't tell you what gear to wear or how to ride. That's your choice. But don't do this to your loved ones, friends, family, etc. You aren't invincible.
Ride safe dudes.