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  • Photo: Topher Donahue

    "A split second after this, the snow just ate him up," says Donahue, who managed to capture skier Dave Cochrane triggering an avalanche in British Columbia's Purcell Mountains. The friends had avoided skiing to their left, where a severe crevasse awaited. Cochrane instead came to a stop just 200 yards below the fracture line. "As soon as I saw it go," say Nederland, Colorado-based Donahue, "I threw my camera in the snow and took off toward him, but then it all stopped very quickly and I could see he was on the surface and OK. The first thing he asked me was, 'Did you get that?'" THE TOOLS: Nikon D3, 27–70mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 200, f/13, 1/500 second

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