Avalanche is among the greatest nightmares for anyone who skis or treks through mountains. It is one of the greatest natural forces up in the mountains that no human being can fight against. The best a person can do, if he/she is unfortunate enough to be in the path of an avalanche, is take quick and decisive steps to ensure survival. So, here are some survival tips if you are in such a situation ever.
Surviving An Avalanche
Surviving an avalanche is no small feat. However, it isn’t impossible either. If a person is calm enough in the face of certain death, the person can almost certainly ensure that death doesn’t come that day in the hands of an avalanche. Well, there are exceptional scenarios at all times, and there are times when we can simply pray and do nothing, but let us be hopeful and pray that these strategies help you save your life if it so happens someday.
Always Move Sideways
If you have ever seen an avalanche even in the video, you will know that the major force is concentrated in the central part of the avalanche. That is the part where the ice is moving at a rapid pace. Never try to outrun it, because this isn’t a movie. It is always better to move sideways so that the impact lessens when it catches up to you.
Try Going Upslope Fast
Believe it or not, an avalanche is most often caused by the skiing person himself/herself. And, if that is the case, you will find that the ice beneath you is starting to shift suddenly. Now, this will need extreme agility and your brain to process everything at an extraordinary pace, but, if you are able to do so, you must try to go uphill. The snow will slide downhill and if you are above the fault line, then you have successfully averted the disaster.
Always Carry Avalanche Beacon
When you are up in the mountain, you need to carry an avalanche beacon. Because, once you are buried, this beacon is your only hope of getting out of that snow alive. So, never forget your avalanche beacon, as your life literally depends on it, if a mishap happens. This beacon will come in handy even in case of a cave-in.
Wake Up The Swimmer In You
When you find yourself being swept by the ice, the best thing to do is to stay afloat. So, it is best if you start swimming, or surfing the ice. For this, you will have to go with the flow and the only thing you should remember is to keep your head above the snow all around. If you are able to do this, you might just make it out of the avalanche.
Avalanche Can Bury You Deep – Air Pockets Are Necessary
Finally, if you are really buried in, first create an air pocket for yourself. Even help will take time to arrive. Just don’t die of asphyxiation.