“It was not unlike being cartwheeled in a relentlessly crashing wave. But snow does not recede. It swallows its victims. It does not spit them out.”
“Saugstad was mummified. She was on her back, her head pointed downhill. Her goggles were off. Her nose ring had been ripped away. She felt the crushing weight of snow on her chest. She could not move her legs. One boot still had a ski attached to it. She could not lift her head because it was locked into the ice.”
“Snow filled her mouth. She caromed off things she never saw, tumbling through a cluttered canyon like a steel marble falling through pins in a pachinko machine.”
John branch shows so much imagery through out the whole story but i chose these 3 because it makes you feel like you are there with her, trapped under all that snow, tumbling down.
The research he must have done. Think about it, hours and hours of interviewing people, looking at maps, talking to the locals. asking very on point questions.
The group, which is 16 people, 14 boys and 2 girls. Branch gives a small description of them. Like where they work and who they are with. He also explains who everyone was with.
To get people to know that it is an unsafe trail, to be on. Even if you are with other people.
1)”She had no control of her body as she tumbled downhill. She did not know up from down. It was not unlike being cartwheeled in a relentlessly crashing wave. But snow does not recede. It swallows its victims. It does not spit them out.”
The way it is worded makes you feel like you are there, feeling it with her.
2)”:There was no blood, but he didn’t have his helmet on, he didn’t have his backpack on, his jacket was pulled over his head,” Carlson said. “He had some scrapes on his belly. And just pulling him out of the snow you could feel it and see it”
He gives you an image of the body.
3)“Her feet were into the snow and her head was downhill, but I saw two pink gloves and her face,” Peikert said.”
4)“I found his back first,” Peikert said. “His head was really bent under. I tried to dig a hole through his armpit, to his head, thinking I might be able to get his face turned to give him C.P.R. There was blood. His chin was split open. His helmet was pushed back onto the back of his head and was filled with snow. One leg was off in a weird position, like he had a broken femur or hip or something. I finally got him out. He was cold. Blue.”
5)”His skis off, Pankey climbed onto the debris pile, too.He saw the ski pole and two gloves. He was sucker-punched by dread.”
6)“I saw Jim Jack’s face,” Carlson said. “Eyes open, just staring at me. We could see he wasn’t breathing. Ron started giving him breaths and I was searching for his body, underneath his chest. I was like, ‘What the hell is going on?’ There was no body where you’d expect a body to be. And then I started digging around, and I could see he was folded up into this ball. His feet were above his head.”
7)“I pulled his arm upright, and it was just really soft,” Carlson added. “It was like pulling a wet towel. Pulled the other arm and it was the same feeling. And I pulled his legs out, and there was nothing connected to anything. It was completely crushed.”
8)”She did not know how long she had been frozen there — head pointed downhill, hands sticking out of the snow, face poking through the ice just enough to breathe and see the breaking clouds trailing the weekend’s storm.”