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Sammy Barnathan - 2009-10-03

"Okay, just gonna put on my corpse-handling gloves" at 6.49.

Rafiki - 2009-10-03

Get rid of that helmet camera tag and replace it with 'what hell sounds like,' because holy shit. Hell sounds like the distorted soudns of digging through snow and the muffled screams of "help" as someone slowly chokes to death under an avalanche.

fluffy - 2009-10-03

Excellent point. Done.

Smellvin - 2009-10-03

... and now for reason cross-country skiing is better #5,623....

mouser - 2009-10-03

That is ont of the scariest thing I've seen.

Desidiosus - 2009-10-03

"Mmmph mumpphmph mmmp mmmuph FUCK"

Pookles - 2009-10-03


Charles - 2009-10-03

Man. Obviously the title itself is going to alert people what is going to happen, but fuck if I couldn't tell that was a bad idea in the first place. "I'm just gonna cut straight across this soft snow on a steep incline, and hope for the best!" Jesus. Still, this is terrifying and awesome.

memedumpster - 2009-10-03

Every time the shade would change I felt like the camera was also dying.

MrBuddy - 2009-10-04

They sure found him fast. Did I hear a cell phone ringing?

Smellvin - 2009-10-04

It's probably an avalanche transponder skiers carry when there's danger of avalanche. I'd guess that's how they found him so quickly.

RockBolt - 2009-10-06

From the site:

The guy in the video was the first one to drop from their group and while not a guide, he had a lot of Utah and AK backcountry experience. He had a Black Diamond Avalung on, but as you can tell from the video while he's talking as he's dropping in, it wasn't in his mouth to start. He tried to shove it in the instant of starting to get sucked down, but it didn't stay in fully during his ragdoll descent. It was just off to the corner of his mouth he said, and he definitely got some snow / ice in his mouth still.

So as he drops in you can also see the sluff to the skier's right immediately start building....and that's actually the chute that was the intended route down. For whatever reason - well pure, unadulterated powder will do it to you - he didn't go make some strong "skier cuts" into the upper pack to do one final snow check as instructed by the main guide who was doing the "tail gunner" work.

Instead he just sent it. And it didn't take more than a few turns out on this big shoulder above this cliff band to break loose.

This was a decent sized avalanche. 1,500 feet the dude fell in a little over 20 seconds. The crown was about 1 - 1.5m. The chute that he got sucked through to the skier's right was flanked on either side by cliff bands that were about 30m tall. He luckily didn't break any bones and obviously didn't hit anything on the run out.

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.

He also got very lucky to be honest. In the time that he's buried, you can hear his breathing already accelerate. The ruffling noise back and forth is his chest rising and falling and the noise that his jacket makes. The intermittent whimpering noise you hear is him trying to swallow and get some air since the avalung wasn't fully in his mouth and instead just to the corner of his mouth. Still sends chills up the back of my neck. Oh...the luck? They located him so fast because his right glove came off just before he came completley to rest and there was an excellent visual of course.

j lzrd / swift idiot - 2009-10-09


hughmanatee - 2012-11-06

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