Wow, can't imagine what could go wrong here. Dude is lucky he lived to make it big on YouTube. Might encourage him and his buddies to pursue some sort of avalanche education.
I'm not saying anything about anybody's choice of backcountry travel equipment, but 18 of 23 avalanche deaths in B.C. this year have been people riding snowmobiles, according to the Globe and Mail story. From CTV:
Cam Campbell, of the Canadian Avalanche Centre, said the chilling footage demonstrates some common mistakes made by snowmobilers in the backcountry.
"This is the slope that we're seeing over and over again in avalanche accidents," he told CTV's Canada AM.
"It's a steep, sun-exposed slope with thin snow cover, rocks poking out, and the snowmobile triggered the avalanche from a very common trigger point, a convexity or a rollover at the top of the slope."
Is it us or do Brits get into a lot of accidents in the backcountry and instead of calling for help on their mobiles like we Americans, they drag themselves over vast distances with various broken body parts and rescue themselves. Just saying, there has to be an easier way to get a book published.
Matthew Briggs, 33, became stranded with his border collie-cross named Little
Dog after plunging 15 feet down a cliff on the remote Douglas Glacier in
He broke an ankle, a wrist and several ribs as well as badly gashing his thigh
in the fall, while out hiking in the Southern Alps.
He spent several days camped out, hoping to be rescued, but after his rations
ran out, he finally decided to make the agonising two-day trek down the
glacier to a hut used by mountain walkers and hunters in a desperate bid to
seek help. Once there, two hunters had to undertake another long distance
trek to summon medical aid.
How jealous is Joe Simpson right now that there's a new sheriff in town? Giddyup. Via Telegraph UK.
If I we had a nickle for every time we speared ourselves in the head while spearfishing, we'd be rich now. Ripped from today's headlines:
A Brazilian man who came to a hospital with a spear stuck in his head after a diving accident says he is done with underwater fishing. Three days after doctors surgically removed a 6-inch spear from his brain, Emerson de Oliveira Abreu says "never more" will he get back into the water to fish with spears. Abreu is in stable condition and expected to be released in 10 days.
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Abreu told Globo TV on Wednesday that he felt "a sharp pain" after his shot apparently ricocheted off a rock and entered his head just above his left eye.
He said the pain was unbearable every time he touched the spear or when the ambulance hit bumps in the road on the way to the hospital.
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