A Colorado-based ice climber cheated death after finding himself clinging on to a ledge while he was being hit by an avalanche in a terrifying video.
On the morning of February 8, Leland Nisky was ice climbing the top of The Ribbon in Ouray, Colorado, alone and unroped, when he was hit by an avalanche while he was 400 feet off the ground.
Hanging on to his tools, the alpinist started axing at the mountainside as soon as the avalanche started so that he could have a fixed position. He then took ‘absolutely every ounce of strength he could muster’ to keep holding onto his tools before shuffling his feet to the left, seemingly getting himself out of the snowslide.
In total, the avalanche lasted for two minutes, before Nisky shook the weight of the snow off of him and realized that he had…
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