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Snowmobiler Captures B.C. Avalanche Escape On Video

02/10/2016 05:17 EST | Updated 02/10/2016 07:59 EST

"This was very close."

An Alberta man is using his brush with an avalanche to warn others just how quickly disasters can happen.

Okay here it is. There was an incident yesterday, and we didn't want to share as to not worry our families. After much discussion, we decided that the information is too important to not share with present, and future, sledders. I am not an inexperienced rider, and this slope had no indicators that it might let go. There was no overhang, and the trees were not bent and stripped like you normally associate with slides. This is right beside the other video of me climbing, but the vertical rock face was blown in solid as you can see in the video. This event has realigned my approach to climbing, and I hope that everyone can take away something from my experience. This was very close.

Posted by Terence G Freeman on Sunday, February 7, 2016


Terry Freeman was snowmobiling at B.C.'s Bullmoose Mountain, just south of Chetwynd, when the ground started to slip out from under him.

"At first I didn't know why I was slowing down," Freeman told Global News.

It was an avalanche that sent the rider sailing down the hill. Somehow, he was unharmed.

A camera mounted on Freeman's helmet caught the entire thing, but at first, he didn't want to share the video on social media to avoid worrying his family and friends.

He ultimately decided to post the footage as a warning.

"This was very close."

"I am not an inexperienced rider, and this slope had no indicators that it might let go," he wrote in the description.

"This event has realigned my approach to climbing, and I hope that everyone can take away something from my experience."

Five Alberta men were killed in an avalanche in McBride, B.C. on Jan. 29. Three groups of snowmobilers were riding through the area, and at least eight vehicles were buried in the snow.

Avalanche Canada's Karl Klassen said that slide appeared to have been triggered by human activity.

Two more Alberta men died snowmobiling in the Dore River Basin near McBride in March 2015.

With files from the Canadian Press

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