I’ve never understood what makes people want to risk their lives with things like skydiving, free solo climbing, surfing 40 foot waves, etc… I mean hell, I don’t even really like flying, let alone scaling an ice wall with no ropes.
But for ice climber Leland Nisky, he might think twice before climbing up the next mountain (then again, probably not).
He recently shared a terrifying video of him climbing up a 400 foot ice wall in Ouray, Colorado, with no safety ropes, when he gets absolutely hammered by an avalanche.
Doing everything he can to just hold on, he manages to get one of his ice axes planted firmly in the side of the cliff, and then it’s just a matter of holding on.
“This was probably one of the most terrifying experiences I’ve had while solo climbing. Took absolutely every ounce of strength I could muster to keep holding onto my tools.
I was on edge about posting this to social media, but it seemed too insane that I had caught it on camera to not.
Grateful for years of experience and training in stressful situations to keep me calm and allow me to make it through this freak situation and get back home safe.