Teton Gravity Research released video of Canadian professional skier Ian McIntosh surviving a 1600-foot fall from the Necola mountains in Alaska.
Ian McIntosh somehow survived a 1,600-foot head-over-heels-over-head-over-heels tumble lasting nearly a minute in Alaska’s Neacola Range about 120 miles southwest of Anchorage, an area pockmarked with numerous 3,000-foot couloirs. The video, with audio of his gasps, is frightening.
“While filming for “Paradise Waits” (a skiing and snowboarding film), Mac dropped into a line he thought he had studied thoroughly enough, only to fall into an unseen 5-foot-deep trench on one of his first turns,” Todd Jones, a co-founder of Teton Gravity Research, the action sports entertainment company based in Jackson, Wyoming, said in a press release.
Ian McIntosh, who’s also a BASE jumper, immediately yells “No” when he realizes what is happening.
“From there,” McIntosh said afterwards, my slough took over and there was no way to stop. I pulled my airbag to help prevent against any possible trauma injuries as I tumbled to the bottom.”
It “was the most terrifying crash I’ve ever seen,” Jones said.
The fall happened April 10, but the video was only uploaded to YouTube last week — probably because “Paradise Waits” opens in theaters this week.
And Ian McIntosh on Tuesday alerted fans on his Facebook page: “Make sure you check out “Good Morning America” tomorrow morning for yours truly. Talking big mountain skiing and crashing huge. Haha!”