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Published on Feb 4, 2013

Last January I switched from a sleek low profile freeride backpack just big enough to hold my shovel, probe and first-aidkit to a potentially lifesaving but far bulkier avalanche backpack with an airbagsystem. Just like the old pack I kept it on, riding the chair like I did countless times before. Did you know there are actually signs that you tell not to?
Now why is that, I wonder..??

A couple of things came together in a rather unimaginable way. Snow on the chair, little focus on the departure, the mandatory groinloop wasn't in it's proper place, the footrest picking me up by the carrierstrap. Tremendous odds of all these things happening at the same time and with the same outcome.

As the lift picked me up my backpack slid up and the cheststrap constricted my windpipe causing compression suffocation. I dangled for ± 70-80 seconds without air. If the lift had stopped just a few feet higher I might not have been this lucky.

A very big thank you for my skibuddies for their support.

The annoying whirring sound is the turbofan of my Smith goggle.


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