Skip to comments.Man Survives Fall Into Crevasse, Takes Photos (160 Feet)
Posted on 05/14/2012 9:42:28 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A Seattle man fell 160 feet down a crevasse while back-country skiing near Whistler Resort in British Columbia on Friday, and amazingly came away with no injuries.
Nikolai Popov, who described his experience on a hiking website, said he was headed for Mount Pattison with a man he had met on the lift.
Popov was 50-60 meters behind his younger companion when he saw a long crack ahead of him. He approached cautiously and started probing it with his pole to see if it was a crevasse and how strong the snow bridge was.
And then it happened: the snow I was standing on collapsed and before I knew it I found myself at the bottom of a crevasse, he said.
He said it soon became clear that he wasnt at the bottom of the crevasse. He wasnt sure how deep it was but after some exploration he could see that it was much deeper on either side.
He said the good news was that he was not injured and was not at the bottom of the crevasse. The bad news, he said, was that there were solid walls of ice north and south, with big overhanging cornices at the top.
One of those cornices was humongous and was the main threat: it was a warm day; I could see cracks in the cornices, and it was a matter of time before they collapsed, he said.
Popov said even if he had had ice climbing equipment with him, it would have been useless because of the overhanging cornices. In short, I had to be rescued, he said.
While his partner went for help, Popov said, he had time to ponder his luck: I wasnt injured; I hadnt fallen to the bottom; I wasnt squashed (yet) by collapsing chunks of frozen snow; it was a warm day, and I had enough clothing and an emergency blanket to survive (maybe) one night. But above all: I HAD a partner. (It's not difficult to imagine the same scenario--without a partner.)
A helicopter arrived after just a little over two hours. Popov had just enough room to maneuver while two of the cornices were collapsed to make the extraction possible.
Popov expressed his gratitude to the search and rescue team that came to his aid.
His questions were answered - Yes it was and not very strong.
This thread is worthless without pictures!
There are 15 pics at the link.
Now I fear falling into unseen lava tubes. Cold lava of course, but still in deep caca.
When I walked on a glacier, I was to if I fell into a crevasse, just kiss my ... good bye.
I saw one of those surival shows, I think on Animal Planet, where a guy and his buddy fell down one. I think it might have been Alaska...not sure. The buddy died and the surviving guy who wasn’t as an experienced of a climber had to make his way out. It took him hours, and the physical and mental strength he had to muster were amazing.
Found the whole episode on You Tube.
I Shouldn’t Be Alive. Mt. Ranier in WA. It was a good one. I’ll have to watch again later.
My cousins husband went for a hike in the mountains and never came back. Speculation is that this is what happened to him,without the partner to go for help.