Skip to comments.When You See Snow Avalanche Run
Posted on 10/25/2012 7:04:55 AM PDT by navysealdad
It is not a good ideal to video a Snow Avalanche coming at you.
(Excerpt) Read more at zanylol.com ...
Note the power substation - and the purplish flash later.
—there is a movie shot by a Disney photographer in Colorado about forty years ago which is very similar—except that he and the camera were dug out of the snow after his death-—
You had better run fast. An avalanche travels at about 600 mph.
unless you are safely above it in a stable aircraft of some type.
It’s best to bolt out of there when hundreds of tons of snow are rushing at you... but good footage, though!!!
—no, it doesn’t—
Miserable way to die !
You’re thinking of a pyroclastic flow from a volcano, and that only ranges between 200 and 500 mph depending on slope and gas composition.
ideal = idea??????
Here is a better view of the same avalanche.
Plus this one has gun play!
“Avalanches have been clocked travelling at speeds of up to 360 km per hour (225 miles an hour), which is the top speed of a MacLaren F1 or Ferrari Enzo. Imagine a line of these supercars, often up to several hundred metres wide, racing towards you at top speed! A typical dry snow avalanche travels around 130 km per hour, and reaches this speed within five seconds after it fractures, with acceleration similar to a BMW 5 Series.”
Not all go that fast. Some merely hit 20 mph. Ever try running faster than 20 mph in the snow?
the direction to run depends on where you are, which is usally not calculated real quickly but quickly you must run anyway, and that most often means running (can be more like a swimming motion if you are already in it), to one side or the other, where possibily you can move out of range of the thick of it, and trying as much as you can to keep your head up; BUT NOT running to try to keep ahead of it, UNLESS it begins with a really great distance between you and the start of it;
and if you are on skis, not walking, and are far enough ahead of it that you can ski down and to one side of the center of the avalance, that can help IF you have the time to do that [otherwise, anyway, just move as best and fast as you can to one side of it or another - you’ll likely not outrun the head of it, but you might get clear (or less buried) to one side of it]
that is how a ski-buddy and I managed to evade the worst of an snow avalance in the Swiss Alps back in the 1970s - we were on skis, it began far above us, we headed down and toward one side of it as fast as we could; we saw it was catching up to us; we stopped, clicked off the skis, grabbed each other in a bear hug with our skis vertical in between us and began to roll-sideways; we still got clobbered by one side of it near the end, but managed to keep our skis above the top of the snow - we were under it; but we had air very quickly and in a few minutes had dug ourselves out
yes, we got drunk that night
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