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Travis Rice Nearly Gets Taken Out By Avalanche in Chile

Editor's Note: TGR understands the inherent risks with winter backcountry activity and urges anyone going out to have the proper knowledge, equipment, a partner, and a plan. For more information on how to stay safe in the backcountry, check out TGR’s annual Safety Week series.

For most people, longer, warmer days are a sign that it's time to put away the skis and puffy jackets and break out the swim trunks. Travis Rice isn't most people. Instead of meekly bowing to the seasons, he decided to pack up his snowboarding gear and head to the Southern Hemisphere. Specifically, he's been boarding in the Chilean Andes, presumably filming a big-mountain snowboarding segment.

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In the above video, Rice narrowly avoids being swept by a slide. Luckily, he and his partner were able to reach an island of safety on a nearby ridge. Per Red Bull, who posted the video, the avalanche took place while Rice was building a booter to hit during the recent total solar eclipse visible in South America. 

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Standing at 13.5 thousand feet with @slashdiaz watching the sun disappear up here in Chile was something I won’t soon forget. A ceremony the night before, a shaman told us that a total eclipse has the power of 10 super moons and is a profound time for transition. So, we built a big one. I have never built a jump out of half rocks and snow, but hey, in these high and dry Andes one needs to be resourceful. Going to post up a little edit of our day here shortly. Pretty hard to sum up the experience in words. Just wow... . . . Haters are going to say that UFO bottom left is a lens flare.... . #Chileanmoon #Eclipseoftheheart #Lunarcockblock #itsacoverup #shotinthedark #nofilter #blackholesun #holeinthefire #epicfail

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