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Do you laugh at avalanches?

post #1 of 10
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like these people... http://www.wimp.com/toolate/

 

I personally would not be laughing. 

 

Yep, ski season needs to start already.

post #2 of 10

I think climbing as fast as I could would be my first priority, not laughing. That's one crazy dude, and one MASSIVE slide.

post #3 of 10

Have you never had a close call? Laughing is a pretty natural reaction

 

I'm not sure way probably something to do with stress or adrenaline

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

I am sure behind that guy there were 3 types of people.  The laugh in the face of danger types (probably skiers).  The frozen in silent terror types.  And the oh shit get the hell out of there while screaming like a woman types.

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Originally Posted by lonewolf210 View Post

Have you never had a close call? Laughing is a pretty natural reaction

 

I'm not sure way probably something to do with stress or adrenaline

 

Yep.

Different people react to close brushes with life-threatening danger in different ways, of course, but laughter is a surprisingly common one.  I've experienced it myself and seen it first-hand many times.  I'm not a shrink or anything, but I think it has something to do with that old adage about "Laugh or Cry."  Maybe it's something reflexive.

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Have you never had a close call? Laughing is a pretty natural reaction

 

I'm not sure way probably something to do with stress or adrenaline

 

 

Thank you!  the rush that you've simply survived does very different things to different people. Several years back, a ski partner head planted in very deep snow. I happened to be standing about 20 feet away and was able to dig him out immediately. He most certainly would have suffocated. After he was out, we both laughed and were completely rattled.

post #7 of 10

here's the whole video adds some context.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32b9m7CeJfQ

 

#1) they're russians

#2) they're soldiers

 

It's all good.  Not everything has to be super serious unless you're german. 

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here's the whole video adds some context.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32b9m7CeJfQ

 

#1) they're russians

#2) they're soldiers

 

It's all good.  Not everything has to be super serious unless you're german. 

Looks like they were doin avalanche control and it was way bigger then expected

post #9 of 10

Wow, a true nightmare come to life!

 

Since we're on the topic...

 

http://espn.go.com/action/snowboarding/story/_/id/8478654/the-avalanche-problem-intro

 

 

http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/DocumentCenter/View/2523


Despite warnings from long time locals that because of the conditions, an avalanche
could reach the highway, the assistant, Mr. Wyatt positioned himself up slope on the side
of the path with remote cameras and Mr. Hermann set up his cameras on the highway
directly under the path. Wayne Whitlock, a highway department supervisor, was with Mr.
Hermann and his camera. When the avalanche was shot, it released an avalanche larger
than anyone thought possible. The air blast ahead of the avalanche snapped large trees
and launched them into the air. The powder cloud was estimated at several hundred feet
high and trees airborne 200 ft. high.

post #10 of 10

Wow that is one massive slide. 

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