You would think that getting caught in an Avalanche would be a 50/50 survival experience. I’ve seen enough Discovery Channel stuff to know that people who get buried need to be discovered within a certain period of time. And the process of being tossed about (not pleasant, I’m sure). So what have snowboarders done to guard against this risk when control falling down a mountain? How about a big orange air balloon – yeah! This video is amazing:
To me, this is sort of a metaphor for really thinking something through. Back in the day, you put a board on your feet, latched up and went out. If you got hammered in an avalanche on a risk taking dive, you had to be rescued. Kind of like a surfer taking on a 75 foot wave – if you survive, awesome! But this snowboarder had a backup plan that worked. The balloon kept her above the snow and let her get up and go. Maybe a bit sore, but easily alive and ready for the next risk. What risk taking do you do, and how well have you thought out your rescue plan?
Good stuff. (Source: Gizmodo)