A hiker was filming himself during an outing at Big Sky, MT earlier this summer. He was attempting to glissade, the act of deliberately sliding on wet summer snow, to reach a rock band lower on the mountain.
Unfortunately, the snow was too frozen for the hiker to self-arrest and ended up careening down the mountain. He captured the entire 700+ foot fall on his camera.
Check it out:
Is it bad that I kept thinking this just look like it would be fun? Sure, the hiker broke his ankle, got all scraped up, and was probably scared as shit, but come on now. I’d kill to bathe myself in some ice-cold snow right now, let alone go sliding over 700 feet down a mountain.
It’s hot enough to cook a strip of bacon on my forehead. I’d gladly break a few bones if it meant I could cool off somewhere other than inside.
“Occurred on June 26, 2022 / Big Sky, Montana, USA
“While hiking the ridgeline above Hidden Lakes in Big Sky Montana, my attempt to descend (Glissade) to the lower rock formation below me, went wrong when I encountered some snowpack that was too frozen for me to self-arrest. Once it became apparent that I could not stop myself, I did my best to avoid any vital body parts from hitting the rocks on the way down. I ended up with one fractured ankle, a torn tendon in the other foot, and several large cuts on my side. According to Google mapping, my estimated fall was approximately 730 feet. After the video ends, my hiking partner and I hiked the 3.5-4 miles back to the car.”