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Ski Rescue of the Day

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

This is one of the most impressive avalanche rescue videos I've ever seen.  Nothing like stomping a big pillow line in a hurry to come to the rescue.  Very impressive reaction with almost no hesitation whatsoever.  This was in East Vail...

 

post #2 of 8

Wow, that is scary, lucky his head was above the snow... Was it inbounds?

post #3 of 8

That's one hell of a video, and one lucky guy.   East Vail Chutes is out of bounds... or the infamous "sidecountry."  You access it from Outer Mongolia bowl at Vail.   

 

A lot of people have died there.  One of the chutes is named "Charlies Death Chute" if that give you any idea.   There is some other gopro video out there of a guy or his friend getting caught in a slide there a couple years ago, don't recall the outcome.

post #4 of 8
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Here's the full story on TGR.  He was rescuing his brother.

 

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php/271787-East-Vail-Slide-12-22-13

post #5 of 8

Wow.  Quite the story.  Both Vail Patrol and SAR thought it was too dangerous to go get them in spite of the guy being injured and unable to ski, so they had to slog themselves out in the dark.  In the "sidecountry" you are so close, yet can be so far away from help if you need it.

post #6 of 8

His bro and friend quite possibly saved his life.  If they had skied by him and then spent an hour or two before finding him, there's no telling whether he could have survived on his own.

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Originally Posted by tball View Post

 

A lot of people have died there.  One of the chutes is named "Charlies Death Chute" if that give you any idea.   There is some other gopro video out there of a guy or his friend getting caught in a slide there a couple years ago, don't recall the outcome.

 

Here's the article where I saw the gopro video of a slide in East Vail chutes.  The guy didn't survive.  

http://www.denverpost.com/denver/ci_8309475

 

The gopro video doesn't seem to be working on the DP site for me:

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_8306484

 

Just eight days after that there was another death back there:

http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20080114/NEWS/721138346


Edited by tball - 12/24/13 at 12:37pm
post #8 of 8

If you're going to use the straps on your poles in the trees, in avalanche conditions, at least put them on correctly. :D

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