Crossing the Khumbu Icefall on the slope of Mount Everest is no joke. The whole ordeal requires several crevasse crossings in the sketchiest way possible: walking across a series of Home Depot ladders while wearing crampons. Not to mention, the ice structures around you are always changing and are known to collapse. Unfortunately, one climber experienced his worst nightmare when he lost his balance on one of the crossings. The safety line was the only thing keeping him from plunging into the icy chasm below. Thankfully, a team of Sherpas was able to get him to safety swiftly. Mad props to these Sherpas, who not only make these expeditions possible but literally have your back if something goes wrong.
They don’t teach this in wilderness safety, but a sure way to trigger a bear is to go snowblading. Bears don’t believe it’s a real sport. Seriously, watch this bear in Romania chase after this snowblader like he was a Gore-tex chimichanga. Bear spray won’t help you now, bud. Thankfully, the snowblader survived the incident without harm, and eventually, the local Romanian police were able to shoo the bear away. Snowbladers take heed of our advice.
Avalanche mitigation efforts went awry at a Russian ski resort when a blast to loosen new snow slid into tourist facilities instead of into the trees as anticipated. The slide buried twelve people, six of whom have been rescued and an additional three are still being located. Four of the six rescued were injured in the slide and there was one fatality reported. Rescue efforts were carried out by more than 200 responders but have been hampered due to bad weather. The avalanche occurred in
This past weekend marked yet another round of tragic events in the backcountry, after two snowboarders and a snowmobiler were killed in avalanches in Colorado and Montana. This brings the total number of US avalanche deaths for the 20-21 season to 25. Tragically, a snowboarder also died in a tree well inbounds at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on Sunday. Across much of the Mountain West, avalanche conditions have been exceptionally dangerous with buried persistent weak layers and sporadic but