Originally Posted by mdf
I just happen to have pictures of a similar "breakthrough" to Davluri's
While heading out for this photo-op
I had this happen
Leaving behind this hole
OMG, you did the same thing. the scenery and terrain is even the same, up on a flat ridge with a line of rock band along the edge, rotted under the surface along the rock. I looked just like your photo sequence. That can hurt. My muscle pull was on the hamstring and groin of the leg that didn't fall through. Take your skis off at your peril huh?
I once rescued a guy that backed up to line up a shot of his son and found himself about to slide down 500 vertical feet of white ice. I slid in below him, he had no skis on, and supported his boots until a ski patrol arrived to extricate him. Taking photos (or taking a leak) may be the most dangerous part of the day.
The similar flat terrain tells me there is more rot along rocks where that is the case.
Thanks for the images and understanding that this is a real concern for those who bootpack a little, and giving a heads up to our friends here.
Tripping in powder on scree has also caused me some grief through the years, once getting a deep large puncture wound that filled my boot with blood, only noticed taking the boots off at the car (I was more relieved it hadn't torn the pants at the time (it spared the arcteryx pants and cut me deeply in the shin, cutting through the long johns, cut through the wool sock, go figure).
about the shoulder, the injury often becomes chronic, never going completely away. that would be both of mine, one initially a ski injury, the other a bicycle. mine ached for a couple years the first separation (caused by driving my arm into a sun cup in a glacier clear up to the shoulder and then flipping over that locked in spot), though I didn't rest it very long and kept irritating it on skis, throwing the arm out to the side to catch my balance skiing without a pole was enough. wasn't until more summer rest that is calmed down. you didn't have the MRI or ultrasound analysis back in the 70s to know how bad the tear was. There is a certain amount of stability you can get with your muscles in that area by compensation for ligament or tendon damage. surgery is often a call with up and downside.