Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Dynafit Bindings Save a Pain in the Crevasse

Our friend Andrew McClean has seen his fair share of close calls. But he never seems to lose his sense of humor when it comes to recounting those close calls.

While in the Wrangell-St. Elias Range in Alaskafellow climber/skier Ben Ditto went to ski a "sweet line" a short distance from where he had been photographing Andrew and plunged into a crevasse. The only thing that kept him from falling all the way in was his Dynafit binding that held him to his ski which were lodged in the snow. There he stood suspended nearly 60' from the bottom of the crevasse likely praying that his Dynafit's would hold.

Although Dynafit does not recommend locking the toe piece while descending it's fairly common for some ski mountaineers to do just this. I'm sure Ben was stoked that he was locked down.

After climbing back up the glacier and pulling Ben out, Andrew rolled the camera....

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