Originally Posted by newfydog
Here's a good account of the most amazing rescue I know of. It occurred within sight of my home in Fernie, A skier was pulled out from a six foot deep burial, unconcious and very close to death. They used a conveyor shovelling technique, downhill of the probe strike which they had learned just weeks before. The skier toured back to the car.http://www.backcountryaccess.com/english/research/documents/ShovelCaseStudy08.pdf
Thanks for posting this Newfy. I saved it to my avi folder.
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Amazing. And scary.
1500 vertical feet in 20 seconds.
Anybody know the name of the guide who dug him out? That guy is good.
Don't know about the guide, but they were skiing with the Seaba outfit out of Haines. I spoke at length with the victim right before he went up there, as I had just returned from a trip with Alaska heli-skiing. I had seen a portion of this clip last fall & recognized the voice. When I hooked up with him last season he confirmed that it was indeed his video & the accident occurred very early in the trip, like first or second run. He tore his achilles tendon & had the scare of his life, but was back skiing all last season.
If you're using an avi-lung, put it in your mouth before diving into potential slide terrain. I have practiced this, & it is not that difficult. Probably not a good idea to wear polestraps either.