POV Video Of A Man Caught In An Avalanche Who Survives Thanks To Inflating Backpack

January 13, 2017


Note: A couple very appropriate f-bombs. Also, keep your volume in check because the fan blowing up the avalanche airbag sounds like an electric drill in your ear.

This is the point of view footage captured by snowboarder Tom Oye in Whistler, British Columbia after unintentionally triggering an avalanche and getting caught up in it. Thankfully, Tom was wearing an avalanche backpack, which quickly inflates a large pillow out of the top designed to keep you on top of the avalanche, but also provides room to breathe in the event you do get buried. Admittedly, that looked pretty terrifying and I've just crossed 'Get Caught In An Avalanche' off my bucket list due to safety concerns. "But you still left 'Go Swimming In A Volcano'?" Yeah well I've never seen any scary videos of that yet so it's still a go. "What about Gollum at the end of The Lord Of The Rings?" What, come on, that was all CGI.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Christian, who's convinced avalanches are actually booby traps set by the Abominable Snowman so nobody discovers his lair. Now that I believe.

  • SuperFRANK

    "I got my pager though. So if I get burried, just give me a call and listen for the beep". - Chris Roach

  • Emmitt Morgans

    How does Q always know what he needs on a mission?

  • Emmitt Morgans

    'The Magic Is Not Enough'

  • Darren McCoy

    I'm not sure how the back pack saved him? does it make you float in snow?

  • don satow

    I would hazard a guess that since the bag of air that is generated is lighter than the snow, it would act like a balloon in water. Without it, he's more likely to sink beneath the loose snow.

  • Matt

    that is correct, also if he does get engulfed, it allows for a pocket to move around in and dig yourself out, otherwise you are too compressed to move or breath.

  • spikedeclue

    I love how the guy on the snowcat falls off immediately upon arrival. Helpful.

  • El_MUERkO

    Arrive, express shock, fall over. My work here is done.

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