Snowboarder Tom Oye was snowboarding in Whistler, Canada when he got caught in a pummeling avalanche, and it’s beyond terrifying because we get to see the entire harrowing slide down the mountain. One second he’s getting ready to carve the slopes and the next he feels the ground crack underneath him and finds himself…
Over the summer, two enormous avalanches struck the Aru Glacier in Tibet back-to-back. Now, after several months of careful study, scientists think they’ve identified the cause of the first ice slide, which claimed the lives of nine nomadic herders. You’ll be shocked to hear it has to do with climate change.
Federal authorities from around the world have finally shut down “Avalanche,” a massive network of 500,000 hijacked machines that hackers used to launch malware and phishing attacks. In fact, at one time, the Avalanche network was responsible for two-thirds of all global phishing attacks.
When the first deadly avalanche struck the Aru Range in Tibet on July 17th, scientists were puzzled. But when a second enormous ice slide occurred just a few kilometers south and two months later, they were shocked.
Nepal is home to the best climbing, trekking and mountaineering on earth. But, earlier this year, it also had a massive earthquake, an avalanche on Everest and is right now subject to a “blockade” by its neighbor India. Can you still visit? Surprisingly, now may be the best time ever.
Scared of diving deep? Scared of cave-ins? Why not combine the two into one, happy fun time activity? Above the surface, technical outwear is getting a fashionable makeover and breathing air is getting easier. This is What’s New Outside.
A little more than 10 years ago, not long after I quit my job to become a freelance writer, a colleague warned me that sometimes the work could be grueling and unrewarding. “I want to talk to you when you’re writing a story only for money,” he said. It took a decade, but I finally found that assignment: reviewing Mad…
I don’t know what compelled this white rabbit to pop out of nowhere and run straight into the avalanche and start hopping away but I can use my human brain to come up with rabbit reasons. I only see three options: it sees the collapsing snow as a giant mate orgy. It thinks jumping around inside an avalanche is fun…
Avalanches are powerful forces of nature, but they’re also the result of millions of tiny snowflakes bonded—or not bonded—together just so. Looking at avalanches falling down mountains can only tell you so much. At Montana State University’s “subzero lab,” scientists are studying how avalanches happen by recreating…
Being buried alive in a snow avalanche is a terrifying end to a lovely day of enjoying the slopes. When an avalanche hit a group of skiers in the Alps, the disaster was caught on video. After watching it, you'll either never want to go back-country again or be motivated to finally take that avalanche safety course.
Want to have fun in the snow outside a ski resort? Then avalanches are going to be a huge risk. 35 people were killed by them in the US last winter alone. But, with a little preparation, a few gadgets and some basic knowhow, they can be survivable.
The ground just starts cracking right in front of the snowboarder. I mean, what do you even do when the ground fractures and the snow murmurs and life glitches like that? What do you do when you have two seconds to realize you're screwed and to come up with a plan to unscrew yourself? You can't do anything, really.
Luckily for Eric Hjorleifson, the avalanche that he started by going down a big mountain pillow line doesn't fully consume him, leaving him relatively unscathed—he just "twisted his knee a bit." You can hear the fear in his heavy breathing after the incident, though. I don't blame him. It's quite scary.
A massive avalanche violently invaded the Passeier Valley—in South Tyrol—yesterday. In this video it looks harmless until you get to the 1:30 mark. Then things start to get scary and weird.
Beijing's smog, the West's drought, Alaska's avalanche, and everybody's cigarettes are part of this week's landscape reads.
Many days in winter I'm glad I grew up in a place where snow only existed when you drive hours away to a mountain (and still only barely). Other days when snow falls just perfectly and the snowballs form so easily and when school and work are canceled, I wish I lived with snow. Today, after seeing this ridiculous ice…
Meesh Hytner was doing typical pro-snowboarder things, participating in an informal backcountry competition in Colorado, when suddenly she found herself in a class-3 avalanche. Lucky for her, she was wearing an emergency airbag system, and lucky for you, there's video.
The odds of surviving an avalanche are greatly improved if you're found in the first fifteen minutes. So $100 seems like a worthwhile investment for this emergency inflatable marker that's going to make it easier for rescuers to locate you.
Some of the world's most terrifying disasters are also breathtaking to behold. In this gallery are awe-inducing photographs of some of the worst disasters of the last hundred years.