This is another article that caught my eye not because I recognized it but because it is not an article dealing with hypothesis or scientific research, it is dealing with real life experience in a unique and dangerous situation.
The date was March 4th 2001, Ben Mullin along with two friends were visiting Naeba Ski Area in the Japanese Alps. The specific day of the incident Ben recalls that it was snowing hard so they made the decision to spend the day skiing a steep forested slope near the base of the mountain. The conditions of the snow were good, it was stable. This caused them to be confident in the conditions and they decided to proceed to a steeper untracked face higher up the mountain. Because of their confidence in the conditions they foolishly decided to leace their packs aswell as rescue shovels in the lodge. Ben stated that his memory of that day was foggy and he only remembered minor details leading up to the avalanche such as where they ate and signs he had seen stating the danger of skiing mountains. Ben said that as he was skiing he became suddenly aware of the snow moving beneath him, a sensation that steadily progressed untill he felt as if he were struck by a powerful wave in an ocean and was carried down the mountain, falling head over heals. In his paniced state he was somehow able to keep his calm and realize that he had to try and stay on top of the snow and not be submersed. He says that he must have been knocked on concious but remembers coming too covered in the snow with the pressure of it weighing on him. His friends were able to get to him and help him remain concious untill help arrived.
The reason I enjoyed this article was not because of how it was written (quite poorly actually) but because the authour made it relateable to myself by comparing the sensations he had to those of common life. This may not be something that will be overly useful in my life as I am not an avid skiier but is interesting information none the less.
Mullin, Ben "HOW IT FEELS TO BE BURIED IN AN AVALANCHE" Explore Magasine
April 30th 2010
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