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I outran an avalanche on my new Rocker 2's today

post #1 of 27
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I was skiing this gnar line in the Himalayas, probably about 65degree vert.  I was about half way down the chute when I heard a big crack.  I looked up and saw half the mountain coming down on me so I said a little prayer and pointed those Rocker 2's straight down.  A couple of times the avalanche caught up to me but I just got lower in my tuck and pulled away.  Thankfully my buddy in the helo saw me and swooped down with the rope ladder. 

 

Anybody else have a close call this Autumn?

post #2 of 27

You say prayers to yourself?  And then you wussed out with the rope ladder instead of gutting it out and beating the slide.  You're slipping.

post #3 of 27

You are still on Rocker 2's?

Man, those are beginner skis.

All the real macho crowd is on Rocker 4's and 6's.

post #4 of 27
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You say prayers to yourself?  And then you wussed out with the rope ladder instead of gutting it out and beating the slide.  You're slipping.



I was nearing the base of the mountain.  It was either grab onto the ladder or be crushed beneath 3 trillion tons of snow, rock and yeti carcasses.

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I was nearing the base of the mountain.  It was either grab onto the ladder or be crushed beneath 3 trillion tons of snow, rock and yeti carcasses.


Or you could have engaged your jet pack or pole rockets...would have been more fun and made for better pics.

 

 

post #6 of 27

I would have thought you could stop, face up hill, raise your hand and split the avalanche like Moses.

post #7 of 27
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Or you could have engaged your jet pack or pole rockets...would have been more fun and made for better pics.

 

 



I don't ski with all that stuff.  I'm a purist.

post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by Chaos View Post

I was skiing this gnar line in the Himalayas, probably about 65degree vert.  I was about half way down the chute when I heard a big crack.  I looked up and saw half the mountain coming down on me so I said a little prayer and pointed those Rocker 2's straight down.  A couple of times the avalanche caught up to me but I just got lower in my tuck and pulled away.  Thankfully my buddy in the helo saw me and swooped down with the rope ladder. 

 

Anybody else have a close call this Autumn?



so how in elevation were you? what kinda of heli?

post #9 of 27

Awesome.  Ski season has started.

post #10 of 27

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post #11 of 27
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 what kinda of heli?


It couldn't have been anything less than an MH-53.

post #12 of 27

chaos, man glad you survived. I'd really miss your stories. beercheer.gif sounded like quite an experience.  keep er coming

post #13 of 27
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so how in elevation were you? what kinda of heli?


It must have been one of those new solar powered (purist & all) "Bell 1260 Chariot of the Gods".  I hear they can fly in the stratosphere without even a cough.

 

We were testing them in August when I was skiing the Mons Olympus & the Newton Craters on Mars this summer.

mars-water-signs-newton-crater-gullies-110804.jpg

 

It was a little firm, but no avalanches.  I needed a pretty aggressive side bevel on the new diamond edges.

 

JF

 

 


Edited by 4ster - 11/2/11 at 8:12pm
post #14 of 27
If you had been on skinny race skis you could have carried more speed, outrun the avalanche, and allowed the heli to continue it's humanitarian mission of delivering food to starving villagers isolated by the recent earthquake.

You're a wuss.
post #15 of 27

Full Disclosure..... you didn't mention the guy on Snowlerblades who passed you and did not need heli rescue.

post #16 of 27

Can we cross-reference to the What Are You Drinking Right Now thread?

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post #18 of 27

Is this you practicing for the Gnar...?.

 

http://vimeo.com/31430221

 

 

Another meaning to "treehugger".

post #19 of 27

awesome dude you are my new snow god. You've like opened my eyes to a totally new experience. Your really the guy who changed skiing forever.

 

post #20 of 27

amazing. haha

post #21 of 27

I've never outrun an avalanche on skis, but one time I did outrun a yeti on skis.  They can ski really fast too.  Especially in the moguls. 


Edited by Ronin - 11/3/11 at 10:47pm
post #22 of 27
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I was nearing the base of the mountain.  It was either grab onto the ladder or be crushed beneath 3 trillion tons of snow, rock and yeti carcasses.


one of skiing history's most dramatic deaths due to avalanche was just this scenario, outran the avalanche with skiing speed and buried in the terrain trap at the base. truth. or Chaos, re-incarnated only to suffer the same fate all over again.

 

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I heard a big crack.



You heard me fart? I swear I was being quiet this time.

post #24 of 27

Is it true that Wonderwoman asked for, and recieved,  a signed photo from you? Did you teach her to ski?

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That is an awesome clip. one of my favorites all time. the POV shot was like a part of dialogue, looking a little wary for sure and the music makes sure we get it.

 

I recently had a real similar gulley trap event. For a moment it roils like a waterfall, filling it up wall to wall.

 

that was great. well done. those guys were well aware of the idea of finding a safe spot (and waiting in a safe spot) if looking up turns out bad.

 

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Is this you practicing for the Gnar...?.

 

http://vimeo.com/31430221

 

 

Another meaning to "treehugger".



 

post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by Chaos View Post

I looked up and saw half the mountain coming down on me so I said a little prayer and pointed those Rocker 2's straight down. 



As if we don't have enough fish stories about old ladies on.off their rockers

rocking-chair-water-ski.jpg

post #27 of 27

4ster's image is crying out to midwest pete and bob barnes to create the first skiing on Mars image. I know you guys are UP to the challenge.

crgil, you just have images like that sitting around waiting for the right moment?

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