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Avalanche video

Postby lederhosen » Sat Jan 23, 2021 1:28 pm

This is a video of an avalanche almost running over people snowkiting:


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Re: Avalanche video

Postby Toby » Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:06 pm

Holy moly!

It actually ran over someone !

I think he got lucky by being thrown up in the air...imagine stuck under it and getting rolled into the lines?

Looked scary all the way...happy his injury is not worse

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Re: Avalanche video

Postby Hugh2 » Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:46 pm

That was heart stopping just to watch, try to imagine what it felt like for him. YIKES!

Did he get flung up into the air by the upblast of wind from the front of the avalanche catching his kite?

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Re: Avalanche video

Postby Anthonyshopguy » Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:57 pm

That makes sense to me. The wind front that is! Not having any of the proper gear: beacon, probe, etc that definitely makes me want to stay away from slopes. So scary glad your friend was ok.

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Re: Avalanche video

Postby ieism » Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:46 pm

I think snowkiters in general have very low safety skills for traveling so far into the backcountry. They almost never have proper gear, and ride suspect slopes most educated freeriders would not touch.

Same in this video. The snowpack in the western and central Alps is was very dangerous that week with a persistent weak layer and a lot of bonded windblown snow. Not smart to even go out in those conditions.

Please read the local avalanche report and educate yourselfs before kiting in the mountains, or hire a guide.

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Re: Avalanche video

Postby Sojourner » Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:07 pm

Holy cow, what a thing to go through. I read a couple papers that the powder blast of a dry avalanche knocks over trees and it's at least thought that the wind generated travels at the same speed as the moving snow, which can be really fast. The footage indicates a kite won't help you ride it out because of the wind phenomenon.

Alpha angle is a good thing to have in mind. You don't need to be in avalanche terrain to be very vulnerable. Slides can travel long distances on flatter terrain. Glad everyone was ok, and the visual lesson is substantial.

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Re: Avalanche video

Postby McLovin » Wed Jan 27, 2021 11:30 am

Check this one out - just in case you need more convincing they can run long and HARD...


Stay SAFE out there...

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Re: Avalanche video

Postby Hugh2 » Wed Jan 27, 2021 1:40 pm

All fun and games till it hits! Hardly comparable, but I once had to sit on my kite to hold it down when a front came through at Cape Hatteras, sort of like the guy sitting in the one tent that did not get blown away. I like that the fire keeps burning.

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Re: Avalanche video

Postby Zen_Rider » Wed Jan 27, 2021 3:22 pm

Booof.... that's scary... I like how he tried to style it out though with a lofty front roll kiteloop (I know un-intentional), but if he had landed it, maximum kudos!!!


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