Ian McIntosh’s 1600-foot Fall Caught On Film: Skier Survives Alaskan Fall
Ian McIntosh had his 1600-foot fall caught on film, and now that footage is going viral. Ian McIntosh was in the middle of filming a new ski and snowboard film back in April when he fell. The film, called Paradise Waits, is now out, and footage of the fall has been released, according to Daily Mail.
Many would think a 1600-foot fall would kill you, but Ian McIntosh managed to survive. It is not known if he was injured during the fall, but he survived and he is doing well today. The Canadian skier was skiing on Alaska’s Neacola Mountains when the fall happened.
Daily Mail shared the skier’s comments about the fall and how it happened. Apparently, the skier started his descent down the mountain by falling into a five-foot trench.
“From there, my slough took over and there was no way to stop. I pulled my airbag to help prevent against any possible trauma injuries as I tumbled to the bottom.”
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) November 10, 2015
Teton Gravity Research shared the video with footage from the fall to YouTube last week. Since its release, the video has received nearly 400,000 videos. In the video description, Teton Gravity Research founder, Todd Jones, called the fall, “the most terrifying crash.”
The video shows every second of McIntosh’s 40-second descent down the sound of the mountain. There is audio of the fall, and viewers can hear every bump the skier hits as he falls. The footage ends with a moment of silence before McIntosh sits up and tells everyone watching that he is okay. The camera he is wearing takes over from that point. Miraculously, the camera was not broken during the 1600-foot drop.
The video was uploaded to promote Paradise Waits, which is now available. There is a tour of premieres around the country going on now. The Paradise Waits website describes the film.
“As the days turn into weeks and the weeks roll into months, it’s the moments when everything seems to come together in perfect harmony that resonate the loudest. For those who anticipate winter’s arrival with frothing mouths and the dreams of what may come,this past year came with an unfamiliar set of struggles as these perfect moments became more and more elusive. But for the TGR team, this only hardened their pursuit of winter’s rewards. Through the highs and lows of a curious season, they come to find that the moments found on the other side of adversity are the greatest moments of all. From the award-winning filmmaking crew that brought you 2014’s Almost Ablaze, comes the story of one weird winter and the people who celebrate it.”
McIntosh is not the only skier to survive a big fall this year. Back in June, a French skier survived a fall in the Swiss Alps. The skier, Benjamin Spilthooren, was wearing a helmet camera at the time, so there is also footage of his fall. While skiing with his father, Benjamin fell into a glacial crevice. He began to scream for help, and his cries were heard by a Swiss guide. He was rescued from the crevice, and he was able to ski down the mountain to be picked up by a helicopter. Global News shared the skier’s comments about the experience.
“When looking at the video it seems that there is a small depression at this point, but it is not very obvious. I thought my voice would be deadened by the crevasse. You scream as loud as you can, as long as you have your voice.”
One would not think that skiing down the side of a mountain would be dangerous, but these two incidents show that there is danger involved. Both of these men are very lucky to be alive today.
In the case of Ian McIntosh, he is extremely lucky. The fall, which is shown clearly in the video footage, could have ended his life. His quick thinking to pull his airbag probably saved his life – at the very least it prevented serious injury.
— The North Face (@thenorthface) September 17, 2015
Are you a skier? What do you think of the footage of Ian McIntosh’s 1600-foot drop down a mountain in Alaska?
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