WATCH: Ice-Axe Saves Xavier De Le Rue's Life In Switzerland

WATCH: Ice-Axe Saves Xavier De Le Rue's Life In Switzerland

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WATCH: Ice-Axe Saves Xavier De Le Rue's Life In Switzerland

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This is one of the sketchiest moments of my life. @samanthamatten and I had ridden incredible runs the day before and were all fired up.  So when we went on this peak the next morning it was hard to predict it would be like this… There was more ice than I anticipated, so I entered cautiously. You can see that I am checking to see if there is the crust that allows your edge to hold on black ice, but at some point I saw a slight aspect change and got ready… in a split second my edge went and miraculously I managed to stop myself right away, half a second later and I would have fallen over a thousand meters. My ice axe saved my life, and is the best tool to have in the mountains.  Making all my adventures, even resort freeriding, super safe and fun. Check out the latest How To XV “How to Ride with Ice Axes to see how I use mine. #howtoxv #thisismywinter Thanks to: @thenorthface @fatmapski @smithoptics @crosscallmobile Un des moments les plus tendus de toute ma vie… Sam et moi avions ride des pentes incroyables la veille dans la vallée d’a cote et quand nous avons attaque par ce pic le lendemain on a eu du mal a anticiper ces conditions. E arrivant au sommet, il y avait plus de glace que ce que j’avais anticipe, donc je suis entre dans la ligne a tâtons. on peut voir sur les images que je surveille qu-il y ait bien cette croute sur la glace qui permet a la neige de coller suffisamment mais un un moment il y a eu un petit changement d’aspect donc je me suis tenu sur mes gardes… en un millieme de seconde ma carre a ripe mais j’ai réussi a me recupere de justesse et a planter mon piolet. Je pense qu’une demi seconde plus tard et je debaroulais 1000 metres en dessous. Mon piolet ma bien sauve les fesses ce jour la, et c’est de manière générale un de mes accessoires préférés en freeride grace auquel je me sens bien plus en confiance en montagne comme dans du petit freeride de station. Pour en savoir sur plus comment j’utilise mes piolets, n’hésitez pas a regarder mon nouvel episode How To XV “How to Ride with Ice Axes.

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“My ice axe saved my life, and is the best tool to have in the mountains.”

Just watching this made my stomach turn.  Thankfully Xavier is very adept with his trusty ice ace and was able to get some purchase before sliding off to who knows where. Sketchy but he handled it like a pro:

“This is one of the sketchiest moments of my life. Sam Anthamatten and I had ridden incredible runs the day before and were all fired up.  So when we went on this peak the next morning it was hard to predict it would be like this… There was more ice than I anticipated, so I entered cautiously. You can see that I am checking to see if there is the crust that allows your edge to hold on black ice, but at some point I saw a slight aspect change and got ready… in a split second my edge went and miraculously I managed to stop myself right away, half a second later and I would have fallen over a thousand meters. My ice axe saved my life, and is the best tool to have in the mountains.  Making all my adventures, even resort freeriding, super safe and fun.”

As you can see his ice axe is an indispensible piece of gear with the types of lines Xavier likes to ride:

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