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#21529 - 02/19/12 07:20 PM Air Bags for backcountry skiing
Fishmonger Offline


Registered: 01/07/10
Posts: 1031
Loc: Madison, WI
another story of an air bag survival fresh from the news today

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Repor...-139644903.html

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The three men were buried under the snow and died, but the woman survived because she had a survival device, known as an air bag, that kept her near the surface.


There's some info on this in the cool videos thread, but it deserves to be in the gear forum. These things really increase your chances of survival. Why these people went up there when the conditions were clearly dangerous is a different story.

http://www.wildsnow.com/3736/airbag-overview/

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#21530 - 02/19/12 08:26 PM Re: Air Bags for backcountry skiing [Re: Fishmonger]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7615
Loc: Fresno, CA
Here's the CNN video first posted in the Cool Videos thread on Feb. 6:


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#21531 - 02/19/12 08:27 PM Re: Air Bags for backcountry skiing [Re: Fishmonger]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
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Loc: Fresno, CA
It seems significant that in both situations, it was a woman wearing the air bag pack who survived the avalanche.

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#21533 - 02/20/12 01:42 AM Re: Air Bags for backcountry skiing [Re: Steve C]
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The bag could be green & then it would be called a "Gumby".
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#21567 - 02/22/12 12:54 PM Re: Air Bags for backcountry skiing [Re: wagga]
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Registered: 01/20/11
Posts: 278
Loc: Orange County, CA
Thanks for posting. I missed this in the cool videos section and had wondered about these ever since the news reports last week. Watching the video of the guy demonstrating each was fun. The look on his face when deploying each one was priceless--"Can you believe they pay me to do this? Awesome."

Brent

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#21622 - 02/25/12 04:09 PM Re: Air Bags for backcountry skiing [Re: Brent N]
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Princes and commoners still need oxygen.

"But the businessman, better known as Prince Friso of the Netherlands, the second son of Queen Beatrix, is fighting for his life in Austria after an avalanche left him without oxygen for up to 20 minutes. And the Dutch royal family are now facing up to the agonising realisation that the 43 year-old may never recover from his injuries."

"The friend was carrying an avalanche "air bag", which automatically inflates to stop the skier being buried, and escaped without serious injury."
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#31231 - 05/04/13 09:26 PM Re: Air Bags for backcountry skiing [Re: wagga]
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Loc: Madison, WI
just came across this video - even with air bag, you don't want to be in an avalanche...

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#31238 - 05/05/13 05:29 PM Re: Air Bags for backcountry skiing [Re: Fishmonger]
tdtz Offline


Registered: 08/26/10
Posts: 511
Loc: CA
it has been many years since I have skied where avalanches are a real risk. I did set off one avalanche on Jake's Peak on the north side of emerald bay (lake tahoe) when I was 17 years old. I was lucky though, I was not caught in the avalanche. One thing that amazes me is that, though back country skiers wear helmets now, they don't seem to wear the full face mask with visor. It would seem to be a good idea to have that little air pocket around your face rather than having your mouth and nose packed with snow.

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