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Local Guide Saves Life in Avalanche

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...And Central Oregon beefs up its avalanche awareness. Read on...

On Sunday a skier who was exploring the backcountry around the Alta Ski Area was buried under four feet of snow after he was consumed by an avalanche.
Lucky for buried dude, part-time Bend resident and mountain guide Todd Glew was on the scene.

Todd Glew, hero!
  • Todd Glew, hero!

Glew, who works for Timberline Mountain Guides, was the first one to reach the victim. Glew immediately switched his beacon to "search" mode and found buried-dude quickly. The first probe strike, which came from the victim's partner, who had followed Glew to the toe of the avalanche, found buried-dude and the two skiers quickly uncovered him.
UnofficialNetworks.com reports that Glew said the following:
“I was not really excited about the whole rescue,” Glew said. “When I saw it, I thought I was digging up somebody that was dead…We dug up a guy who is purple and blue or whatever, but he was OK.”

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