One positive aspect of being a GoPro nation is that not only are avalanche accidents being documented as they happen, but often times from a variety of camera angles as well. This video does an excellent job showing the reality of being buried alive and the horror or realizing that the victim isn’t wearing a beacon.
I thought one of the more educational moments in this video was that when you first see the victim go down, it doesn’t seem that bad. The avalanche doesn’t look that large and from a distance you have a fairly good idea of where the victim might be. All of this suddenly changes when the rescuer arrives on the debris pile and you suddenly lose all sense of where the person might be and simultaneously realize how large and deep the avalanche is. Even with 4-6 fit people digging as fast as they could, they barely saved the victims life and he was “only” buried about 4′ deep.
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Category: 07 Avalanche Avoidance