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Would you have gone down this chute the same way?

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-edited to remove spoiler-

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errrr. No, it wasn't really a legit question. Just a silly intro to an amazing vid.

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Um...Darwin's theory at work.

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Were they REALLY trying to slow down and catch the sled?

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So close yet so far.

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Great vid. What's the liklihood of stopping a 500lb sled tumbling down a chute?

I doubt he'd try that with a rag dolling elk...well maybe it's the antlers that make it scary.  Still, they'd probably break off half way, and I still doubt he'd try to stop it.

I didn't realize that Neanderthal was still spoken these days.

 

Shouldn't this be in one of the helmet threads?  I mean I doubt if a hat cam could've handled that. Just sayin'.

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Originally Posted by MiRider View Post

Were they REALLY trying to slow down and catch the sled?



Ha, that's what I was thinking. You just cheated death, yet you think it's a good idea to again plunge another 500ft in some vain attempt to rescue your ruined sled.

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It really could've been worse.

They could've been hauling a couch up the chute also.

 

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http://marcopolie.blogspot.com/2010_12_01_archive.html

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This was on here a couple of years ago.

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Whatever happened to "Climb up what you plan to ski tumble down"? biggrin.gif

 

Don't they teach self arrest techniques in snowmobile class? roflmao.gif

 

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Worse, they managed to scrape all the good stuff off of what looked like would have been a pretty nice run. 

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That guy could've easily been dead. But since he's probably fine, what a cool experience!

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Originally Posted by DesiredUsername View Post

deja vu

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/104358/how-not-to-self-arrest

I just checked it out.
That thread is hilarious with the self arrest arguments. pdiddy is in fine form.

 

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lucky to be alive!  Hope the sled's ok.

 

What was plan B?

 

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Used to work at a motorcycle dealership (in Canada we also sell sleds).  And we'd easily get a dozen of these a year. Mostly from guys going to the mountains and trying to highmark.  Basically take turns running up a slope trying to see who can get the highest.  The amount of damage a tumble like that can cause is pretty incredible, a new hood is in the range of $800-1000, a tunnel (where the seat goes) which is just bent aluminum plate riveted together is a lot more.  Plus the seat, handlebars, skis, a-arms, tie rods, spindles, and occasionally the bulkhead itself (which is flat rate 18 hours to remove and install a new one).  And some guys would do it more then once a season!  I wish I had that kind of throw away money. 

 

And yes, it's common to try to stop the sled on its way back down.  It's not as tough as it sounds or looks because you really only need to slow the rotation slightly at which point the weight of the sled does the rest of the work.  The gear they wear is usually better protection that when you'd wear skiing because you need less mobility so it's a tiny bit safer to get in the sleds way. 

 

It does make a good add for a GoPro camera though, especially after his helmet visor shattered haha. 

 

It did seem really dangerous to slide down that chute on purpose, buuuuut sleds are 'spensive!  After he passed it the first time I spent the whole time thinking, "where's the sled, where's the sled, clear the landing, clear the landing."  But he just stood there, he's lucky that it was rolling instead of on the skis, even with the engine off when they get sliding the speed they can pick up is tremendous. 

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Darwin award

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with no due respect, dumb and dumber.

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No Darwin Award can be given without a reduction in the gene pool.

That means they can try the stunt again after repairs to the sled.

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Originally Posted by Sevv View Post

It does make a good add for a GoPro camera though, especially after his helmet visor shattered haha.  


Actually, his helmet visor was shattered before this vid began. Check out 0:01, he'd gone arse over teakettle onto something hard before this. Probably rang his bell pretty loud, which explains the rope-a-dope tactics with a 500 lb. sled in a rock-lined arena.

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Originally Posted by Sevv View Post

After he passed it the first time I spent the whole time thinking, "where's the sled, where's the sled, clear the landing, clear the landing."  But he just stood there, he's lucky that it was rolling instead of on the skis, even with the engine off when they get sliding the speed they can pick up is tremendous. .  

 

Yep, I kept yelling at my screen, "Get out of the fall line, you %^&*! idiot!" eek.gif

 

I once watched two buddies slide the length of an iced up Left Gully at Tucks, maybe 800-900 feet. Guy1 stopped just above the rocks and was on his hands and knees, counting his limbs and lucky stars. I yelled and he looked up to see Guy2 flying straight at him, starfished and spinning. Guy1 had just enough time to frog hop sideways and avoid getting slammed. 

 

Don't linger in slide zones, no matter what's sliding. Darwin's not always on holiday in the Galapagos.  

 

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