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See Terrifying Footage of Mixed Climbing Avalanche Accident

A climber suffers injuries before crawling to safety

Check out this terrifying video of two climbers being hit by an avalanche while attempting a mixed route in the mountains. While the avalanche resulted in severe injuries to one of the climbers, the pair still managed to rescue themselves and get off the mountain.

We first shared this video 10 years ago today, but the message still applies today. You’ll have to click through to YouTube to watch the clip as it’s now restricted due to graphic images.

“WARNING: PROFANITY AND GRAPHIC IMAGES This accident occurred on Nov. 6 2011 in South East Wyoming on a first ascent of a previously unclimbed route (it’s been climbed in the summer – never as an ice climb as far as we know). I am posting the video as a reminder of how challenging self-rescue is when things go wrong on an alpine climb. Our climb was only two miles from the road, but a broken ankle made it feel much farther. I hope this video helps other climbers make wise choices about how they manage risk.”

Mixed Accident