Snow Boarder Survives Avalanche Using Air Balloon to Surf: This is What Happens When You Think Something Through

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)

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