Showing posts with label avalanche. Show all posts
Showing posts with label avalanche. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rabbit runs into and across an avalanche, and somehow survives

A white rabbit (circled) races across an avalanche in amazing video. 

Video of a professional snowboarder riding out of an avalanche near Snow Valley Lodge in Kamchatka, Russia, also captured the incredible moment when a white rabbit scampered into and across the avalanche.
Snowboarder David Carrier Porcheron, aka DCP, was being filmed as part of a movie organized by Helipro, a Russian tourist company for winter and summer activities.
Difficult to see at first, the footage of the white rabbit posted by Helipro on Vimeo zoomed in to get a closer look at the brave bunny, revealing “the best survival technique.”
Here is the amazing video, aptly accompanied by the popular ditty from 1939 “Run Rabbit Run”:

“What a ‘hare’-raising experience,” one commenter wrote under the Vimeo post.
“Pretty wild. Rabbit’s got skill,” another said.
“Awesome rabbit—I would not have made it,” yet another stated.
Someone asked whether the rabbit actually did make it all the way across, and Helipro gave the assurance that it did, saying, “He survived and has a beautiful life in Kamchatka!”
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Friday, February 3, 2012

Snowboarder survives avalanche with airbag (video)

As you get ready to snowboard down the side of a mountain and the snow decides to take you for a ride on top of an avalanche, what do you do?

If you are wearing a Float 30 on your back, you deploy the safety device immediately and ride out the avalanche with your head held high.

That's exactly what professional snowboarder Meesh Hytner did on Jan. 25 when snowboarding near the Snake River drainage in the Montezuma, Colo., area. Someone at a safer location captured it on film and posted it on YouTube. Watch:

Just as an airbag saves lives in car accidents, the airbag in the BCA Float 30 can save the lives of skiers and snowboarders who venture into the backcountry and get caught in an avalanche. BCA says the airbag not only helps prevent burial but protects the head, neck and upper body from trauma.

"I felt like I was riding a mattress down the stairs," Hytner told the blog.

For BCA, the maker of these inflatable safety devices, the incident was another endorsement for its product and its life-saving capability.

From the blog:
The avalanche danger for the Vail-Summit zone was considerable that day on all aspects and elevations, with human-triggered avalanches likely. Meesh and company had snowmobiled up to snowboard the northeast faces, some of which had already slid. She was very lucky to have survived unscathed. “Thank you” she told us, “this thing saved my life. It’s proof that this product works.”
Interestingly, several of the commenters at the end of the BackcountryAccess blog were critical about the decision to even snowboard that hill, questioning the knowledge these professional snowboarders ought to have had to avoid such a situation.

Nobody was questioning the intelligence of wearing a Float 30, however.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Skier survives avalanche with an airbag, records it on his helmet cam

This is what a Backcountry Access Float 30
avalanche airbag backpack looks like deployed.

Airbags have saved countless lives in automobile accidents. Who knew an airbag could save a life in an avalanche?

But that's what happened to Jeff Wyshynski while skiing in Alaska. He was wearing a Backcountry Access Float 30 avalanche airbag backpack, which he deployed when caught in an avalanche.

The result? Well, see for yourself from the perspective of Wyshynski's helmet cam, which captured the entire avalanche on video:

As you can see, Wyshynski wound up on top of the snow, which is where you want to end up after all the rushing snow has stopped moving. It's what the Float 30 is designed to facilitate. According to The Outside Blog, the airbag backpack has been tested with much success in Europe. Such news is very encouraging.

Though we don't know how big this avalanche was in Alaska, it does offer a great example of how the airbag works.

This is what Backcountry Access says about the airbag backpack:
Excavation time is by far the biggest contributing factor in avalanche fatalities. By reducing or eliminating burial depth you substantially increase your chances of survival. The Float 30 is the first airbag that is both affordable and easily reusable. [...] 
The airbag itself not only helps prevent burial, but protects the head, neck and upper body from trauma. With its location behind the head and away from the hips and arms, it preserves the user’s peripheral vision and his or her ability to escape the avalanche before it picks up speed. 
The airbag pack sells for $700. Worth every penny if you're ever caught in an avalanche.

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