The bodies of Louis-Vincent Lessard and Etienne LeMieux have been collected, after a ‘silent’ avalanche claimed their lives.
The two 23 year old Canadian men were walking the Kepler Track in Fiordland which is a known area for avalanches in winter. A Canadian mountaineering expert says that the two young Canadian tourists probably didn’t even hear the avalanche that claimed their lives.
It is common that powder snow accumulates higher up and then just gets released silently down the slope.
The chances of surviving a powder snow avalanche ware very low. Expert Andrew Hobman comments how once inside, you succumb to asphyxia.
Which is when you breath out CO2 and have no option but to breath it back in again.
However, at this time of the year he comments that while a lot of the National Scenic walks are avalanche prone we should not be put of exploring them. It is really an unfortunate luck-of-the-draw scenario and there is a lot of fantastic opportunities that the mountains offer at this time of year.
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