Sunday, March 20, 2016

Stomach Churning: Skiing from Peak of Mountain

A winter sports enthusiast proved he had absolute nerves of steel when he skied from the very top of a mountain in the Alps.

The unidentified daredevil captured body-cam footage of him negotiating the incredibly steep slope while skiing down the Matterhorn.

Standing at a staggering 14,692 foot, the mountain, which is based in Aosta Valley in Italy and Valais in Switzerland, has one of the highest summits in Europe.

But undeterred, the skier made his way down the near-parallel drop as if he was descending a regular slope in an average resort.

The video shows the daredevil setting off at speed before throwing in some turns in order to control his descent and keep him on the narrow part of mountain. Humorously his footprints can be seen in the snow, showing where he walked up carrying his skis only moments earlier.

After making his way down the first bit relatively tentatively - the terrain sounds particularly icy as the skis make a scraping noise - the slope gets even narrower. But the man continues to ski downwards despite the fact one mistake at this point could result in him losing his life. Eventually the mountain begins to get wider and the man makes the most of skiing across it to ensure he does not pick up too much speed.

At one point he is forced to however when he struggles to turn between two large pieces of rock.

He travels quickly for a spell before regaining control, heading towards more rock and eventually slowing to a stop.

With the first section successfully negotiated the man prepares himself for the rest of his descent.

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