Take a look at what being stuck 50 foot down a crevasse looks like in this scary video from Chamonix.
Brandon Kampschuur was snowboarding on Glacier des Rognons in the Chamonix region back in February when he found himself 50 feet below the surface, perched on a snow bridge inside a crevasse. Luckily, he managed to make contact with the guide he was riding with, and a rescue operation was quickly put into motion.
Brandon manages to stay surprisingly calm, and documents some of his thoughts and feelings on camera while he’s waiting to be roped out of there.
It’s pretty clear that Brandon got incredibly lucky here, being hauled out only with a bruised elbow, but it goes to show that even when you’re with trained professionals who know the terrain, riding on glaciated terrain is unpredictable and dangerous. Never ride on them alone and without taking the necessary precautions, because getting stuck down one of these suckers sure doesn’t look like a fun way to go.
From Brandon: “On February 17, 2015 I was snowboarding off-piste on Glacier des Rognons in the Grands Montets resort in Chamonix and I fell into a deep crevasse. I sustained very minor injuries during the fall and landed on a snow bridge. I was skiing with a guide who found me within about 20 minutes and initiated a crevasse rescue with the Monte-Blanc ski patrol. I was out of the crevasse about 45 minutes after falling in. I was very lucky.”