The Dream Factory – Avalanche Airbag Scene

Oddly enough this came to me via LinkedIn this morning.

Daron Rahlves triggers a large avalanche and is carried over a large cliff in Alaska. He deployed his air bag barely missing a large crevasse. This scene is from Teton Gravity’s 2012 ski film, The Dream Factory. His decision to pull his Backcountry Access Airbag saved him from falling into a crevasse and getting buried.

This video indirectly highlights a problem with Goretex and other waterproof pants – when you shit yourself it stays locked in.

5 comments to The Dream Factory – Avalanche Airbag Scene

  • JLD

    Ha!!! The gore comment made me chuckle. But, wow that dude is lucky.

  • Justin

    Right? Lottery ticket time.

  • Colin

    Missed the TGR tailgate at the Palace this year with Schralph, so missed this clip. He’s such a phenomenal skier that at first it looked like he would stick that landing and outrun it. Lucky dude.

  • Justin

    You been touring with Schralph much? Are his lungs holding up for him?

  • Colin

    Had (another) surgery in December, so this weekend is actually my first time up this season (going to Alpine). But we rode mountain bikes together a couple of times in the early fall. He’s doing well. Nothing noticeable. My understanding is it could come back, but it’s not something that bugs him on a regular basis. It either hits and he has an episode, or he’s totally fine. http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/spontaneous-pneumothorax/overview.html (“Patients should stop smoking and avoid high altitudes, scuba diving, or flying in unpressurized aircraft to prevent pneumothorax from recurring.”) That whole altitude thing…

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