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A tale from an Avalanche Survivor

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We'd had quite a lot of discussion following deaths in avalanches. Here to balance things slightly is a tale of a lucky survivor. Tom Greenall a Natives Senior Resort reporter. Thumbnail images will enlarge on clicking but don't open in a new window unless you force that behaviour using right clicks.
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tom is a lucky lucky boy but it is worth remembering that the majority of people caught in avalanches do survive - someone I know was hit by an avy recently and carried over a 20 meter cliff - fortunately the slide preceeded him and he escaped without a scratch. It is an experience best avoided though.
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Only one time in my ski life has sliding snow carried my feet away (it's a bit weird when a confident traverse suddenly turns into an uncontrollable sideslip aboard a huge slab) but it was nothing like as scary as Tom Greenall has just gone through.

As you say, davidof, he's one very lucky puppy. What a great story.

Anyway, let's thank our lucky stars he made it - I'd have missed his interesting roving reports on Natives - and that one is by far the most interesting of the lot!
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I agree David, he writes some of the better stuff there. Nice to have some good news too Ian.
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I have only had the snow slip away once and I was able to mantain my footing and get away ok. It opened my eyes.
So this is a good story...with a good ending
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I posted about a major avalanche I experienced in St Anton just after Snowheads first started, and have had a couple of other ones - one like JTs when in Alpe d'Huez and the top 18" or so of wet fresh snow slid, but I managed to stamp/crouch down and use my hands to stop myself being knocked over. And another in Zermatt when maybe a foot of fresh powder went and I managed to ski out. But both these were minor compared to the Natives story...yikes Shocked
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I have known Tom for a good few years since we raced in the same ski team at Uni - he was always more adventurous than most!!! I remember one time that he drove the minibus back from a race one handed due to a dislocated shoulder.

Always look out for his posts to see what he is currently up to.
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What struck me was the enormous amount of effort (and risk?) that these people (or poor old Mel, anyway) put into retrieving and hanging onto the gear. I can understand the wish to have two skis to use, but once that became impossible, I'd have junked everything that I didn't have to carry. Perhaps that's why I'm the sort of wimp who would'nt find themselves on a pair of skis up to my armpits in crud up an off piste gully in Alberta.
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do you think he could whinge a bit more.. i feel sorry for poor old mel!! fk your bloody boots mate! wink
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