Black Diamond has posted a POV video of skier Chris Cardello getting caught and buried in an avalanche in Haines, Alaska. Chris was wearing a Black Diamond Avalung at the time, and was able to use it to breathe beneath the snow. Others in Chris' party found and dug him out in a speedy five minutes—though watching the video, five minutes seems a long time indeed.We don't really have good data on how effective a survival tool the Avalung actually is, but there are a few confirmed incidents like these in which people were able to use them successfully in an actual burial. Avalungs seem especially appropriate for those who are placing themselves at higher than normal risk. Ie, heliskiers, film skiers, or rescue professionals. One thing to take away from this video: notice how fast things go bad from the appearance of the first fracture lines. The situation was beyond the skiers control in a matter of seconds.
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