April 20, 2009


Yesterday we encountered a life and death situation up in the glaciers of Norway. We set out for a secluded beach just on the other side of Mt. Grees. While hiking the mountain with local mountain extraordenaires, Ed Viestrus and Dave Hahn, en route to the beach, an unexpected catastrophe occurred. In this extremely shocking footage, Ed and Dave explain the premise of the situation. You can see we are quite a ways away and from there we had a bird's eye view overlooking the beach only about a mile below. Suddenly, we heard an enormous crack. The bone-chilling site of snow cascading rapidly toward our group was the most immense rush of adrenaline I've ever felt in my life. Fortunately, most of the snow and ice from the avalanche landed in the moat between the glacier and the steeper part of the slope. We were only blasted with a powder cloud from the avalanche. Still, this was a really scary event and a definite reminder to be ever respectful of the power of the mountains. The memory of this breath-taking experience will forever be engraved in my brain. Watch the footage for yourself...

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