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Category Archives: Avalanche

This Film About a 40-Year-Old Avalanche Helped Me Process My Own Trauma

It’s been 40 years since former avalanche forecaster Jim Plehn dug his friends’ bodies out of the snow. A massive avalanche had crashed into the base area of Alpine Meadows ski resort, near Lake Tahoe in Northern California, after a four-day, late-season storm had dumped seven-and-a-half feet of snow and brought 100-mile-per-hour winds to the […]

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This Viral Avalanche Video Is Far Too Close for Comfort

Don’t try this on the trail—or anywhere else for that matter.  Over the weekend, a British hiker named Harry Shimmin filmed himself being enveloped by a massive avalanche that occurred in the Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan. The slide resulted from the collapse of a glacier, and it spilled rocks and ice into a gully […]

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I Reported on Avalanches for 15 Years. Then I Triggered a Huge One.

When I saw the numbers on my screen, I winced. The wind had picked up. It was 6 o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, April 26, perhaps the last powder day of the season where I live in Breckenridge, Colorado. I was about to leave my home to meet a friend, professional photographer Liam Doran, […]

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Alpinist Willie Benegas on Being Buried in an Avalanche: ‘So This Is How I Will Die‘

On March 12, well-known alpinist Willie (Guillermo) Benegas was seriously injured in a large avalanche in the Silver Fork Drainage of Big Cottonwood Canyon, about 15 miles from Salt Lake City. The 54-year-old Argentine was co-guiding a group of six women skiers with Winslow Passey, another experienced guide. They had split into two parties, and Benegas […]

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