The Next Worst Thing to Getting Buried by an Avalanche

In the following video, a skier equipped a POV helmet cam films what he sees as he’s getting buried under an avalanche. Fortunately, he then gets dug out by his friends fairly quickly. In case you’re in a hurry, the good part of the video starts at around 60 seconds.

He was only buried for 4 and a half minutes which is incredibly short. I cannot stress these next sentences enough; that in and of itself to be unburied in ONLY 4:28 is miraculous if you have any understanding of being caught in an avalanche and what it takes to be found. It could literally be some kind of “world record” just on how good the guide and supporting cast of other skiers was in getting to him. It also shows why you should ALWAYS be going with people trained in avalanche rescue / first aid….as well as why you’d want to be going with a guided heli operation. Sure this was terrifying for him, but he would’ve probably been dead if not for going with a guide.

I don’t know about you guys, but even though I wasn’t really there, I was hyperventilating for the poor soul trapped under all that snow.

[Via Gizmodo]

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6 Responses to The Next Worst Thing to Getting Buried by an Avalanche

  1. it's spelled "Buried"

    Ok, now that that's out of the way

    that was intense, I can't imagine what it would be like to be trapped under that snow just waiting

  2. it’s spelled “Buried”

    Ok, now that that’s out of the way
    that was intense, I can’t imagine what it would be like to be trapped under that snow just waiting

  3. I'm told by a friend that folks who like "high marking" in mountains with snow mobiles face similar problems. Search on YouTube. And there were a number of deaths in Canada's Rocky Mountains this year as there are every year due to avalanches. His brother has an inflatable vest (somewhat similar to water life jackets) that has saved his brother once. As always YMMV. I'm not employed by and don't own stock in any such company.

  4. I’m told by a friend that folks who like “high marking” in mountains with snow mobiles face similar problems. Search on YouTube. And there were a number of deaths in Canada’s Rocky Mountains this year as there are every year due to avalanches. His brother has an inflatable vest (somewhat similar to water life jackets) that has saved his brother once. As always YMMV. I’m not employed by and don’t own stock in any such company.

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