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Man's Work

Season 1 Episode 13 - Mountain Patrol Search and Rescue

2007 · 24 min
Ashley joins the Rescue and Avalanche Mitigation team in America's largest patrolled ski resort and climbing area - Moonlight Basin, Montana, where graft, toughness and nerves of steel are pretty much a pre-requisite if you want to succeed. Montana is one of nature's most inhospitable regions, where avalanches are an everyday occurrence and where a momentary loss of concentration means almost certain death. In temperatures dropping below -20C, Ashley meets up with one of the toughest men he's ever likely to meet - Chris Shelly, the director of Moonlight Basin's Ski Patrol and a man who has seen and done it all. Starting with a basic assessment of Ashley's suitability for the job, Chris spends the week pushing his new charge to his limits, including burying him for 30 minutes under two feet of snow before he is tracked down by avalanche dogs, firing explosives at sheer mountain walls and making a death defying trek up the mountain in some of the worst conditions Ashley has ever faced. After being introduced t
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