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Watch Solo, Unroped Ice Climber Gets Slammed By Avalanche At 400ft
© Jerry Soverinsky, Special to USA TODAY via Imagn Content Services, LLC
Ice climber Leland “Danger Sloth” Nisky had a close call when this avalanche hit him while climbing at 400 feet...
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This was probably one of the most terrifying experiences I’ve had while solo climbing. Took absolutely every ounce of strength I could muster to keep holding onto my tools.
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I was on edge about posting this to social media, but it seemed too insane that I had caught it on camera to not. Grateful for years of experience and training in stressful situations to keep me calm and allow me to make it through this freak situation and get back home safe.

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Can you describe the avalanche?

It was loose snow sloughing off the surface and building until it became an avalanche. Probably caused by a gust of wind. In the video it’s hard to tell, but I was slightly under a bulge of ice, meaning that I did not see it coming. I was actually switching my hands to place my tool when it hit. It was terrifying. I’ve been partially buried in an avalanche years ago in Washington, and the same terror overtook me. I knew if I stayed terrified I probably would die, so I concentrated on controlling my breathing, hugging in tight to the wall to prevent snow buildup on my body, and tucked my head down to breathe a little air bubble. There was a wave in there, about 10 seconds after I managed to calm myself down and throw my second tool in the wall, that hit me with a ton of weight. It was immense pressure, and I felt chunks of snow bouncing off my backpack and body. I thought I was going to die. If a wave of any more force hit me, I don’t think I could’ve held on.
(Barstool Sports)
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HalfCocked24 months
I was in Vale last February stuck during that blizzard that shut down Texas. Met this group at the bar drinking who invited us to go "ice climbing" with them the next day. What this guy and that group are doing is spiking and climbing a f'ing frozen waterfall. And it was the craziest shite I've done in my life. Do not agree to shite while drinking bourbon neat.
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Simplemaaan24 months
Why?
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Xcalibur201724 months
Who does this for fun
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LSUtoBOOT24 months
Is that ice cube? If not, he’s gonna be one. Hope he fared better than that Scandinavian cross country Olympian who got a frozen pecker in China.
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bengalman24 months
That doesn't look fun at all!
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LSUballs24 months
shite like this is why I gave up unroped ice climbing in favor of golf.
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Hoovertigah24 months
Obviously was poked in the much weaker left arm. Couldn’t quite make the stick!
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idlewatcher24 months
Wonder if he was vaccinated
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s224 months
his mask probably saved the day
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PureBlood24 months
But only if it was a kn95 mask...
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Bucktail124 months
You mean a K2n95
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