Kids: Don't stand under a "snow arch" in Tuckerman's Ravine in the middle of July. WBZ reports.
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If you go hiking, don't do things which increase the likelihood of a rescue. Like going under suspended snow, as cool as it may look. Hard to social distance on a litter carry.
Good to hear that the victim is alive, this very easily could have been far worse. The waterfall in the background has been the site of deaths in the past in summer (here's a full list)
(And we missed one heck of a year of spring skiing this year; the snow arch in Tux is usually down quite a bit earlier than this.)
"Don't you *want* to increase the chances of a rescue if things go south?", I thought to myself for about two seconds. -.-
The man in question is extremely lucky.
"[Quincy man] suffered serious, but not life-threatening, injuries."
That's why the headline says "nearly."
Which you edited after the original post went up...
No one injured.
Probably trying to qualify for the Darwin Awards. Poor guy.
It's been a while since I read that section of the White Mountain Guide, but I remember it gives a serious warning NEVER to go under the snow arch.
“Cornice” for 500, Alex.
...at Memorial Hospital in North Conway, I swear, Tuckerman's Ravine would feature prominently. When I got my EMT cert I did clinicals there one day and we got a guy much like this who made a rookie mistake and ended up with thirteen broken ribs, a dislocated wrist and a big ice ax gash across his forehead.
That guy is so lucky he wasn't killed outright. The weather in some of those areas in question can change for the worst and most dangerous in a minute or less, with no warning, because the air is so unstable.
Indeed, he used up his luck on that one. This was in March.
A really smart guy, Dr. Murray Hamlet, once said that the White Mountains aren't all that deadly, but they're easily accessible by people who are not up to their challenges. This guy was from Long Island and was ice climbing for the first time, going along with a buddy who probably thought that it was a great idea...
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