Sunday, March 4, 2012

Avalanche in ... Ontario?!?

I would have thought that an avalanche could never occur in Ontario.  Apparently, these snowmachiners though the same thing.  Unfortunately, the snow wasn't in on our reasoning...

As the video shows, if you have enough unstable snow and enough pitch, anything can avalanche, even if it is in Ontario.  And note how the slope fractures far above the victim, and also carries him toward some trees -- an especially bad combination.  Add in the lack of any rescue equipment, and the combination becomes even worse.

Fortunately, notice how the person with the POV is at first stationary, focused on Place/Point Last Seen.
The video then shifts to the POV of the victim, which shows . . . well, you just have to watch this to believe it:

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