Washington Couple Outruns Avalanche And Captures It On Video

The couple visiting Big Four Ice Caves ran for their lives and lived to share the video of their frightening ordeal.
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Thank you and now to the incredible story of luck and survival. A couple hiking in Washington state forced to run for their lives when an avalanche hit. It was caught on camera. Clayton Sandell has their story. Reporter: It's the nature hike that for Colby Dodson and girlfriend Ashley suddenly turned into the run for their lives. It was definitely an experience that dropped your jaw. Reporter: The two were on a weekend hike to popular ice caves two hours outside of Tacoma, Washington, when a rumble of snow and ice came for them. Listen, Dodson capturing the avalanche falling behind him on his cell phone. Almost sounding like a water fall rushing downhill. It was the blink of an eye, and closer and closer and all I did was look the opposite direction and start to run. Reporter: They make it to safety, but people are still inside that cave. Obviously we're scared those people were hurt or going to be hurt. Reporter: Avalanches can be deadly. In the U.S. Last winter, 35 people died. Youtube is packed with narrow escapes. At copper mountain ski resort in Colorado, we simulated what it's like to be trapped. You think of snow as being fluffy and white and soft. But really in an avalanche, it isn't. It becomes very hard. Very tough to dig yourself out. And very difficult to breathe. I was lucky to be rescued by ski patrol. My hero. Back in Washington, it turns out everyone is okay. But on a scale of one to ten, here's where Dodson ranks the terror of outrunning an avalanche. A good nine and a half. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Clayton Sandell, ABC news, Denver. I'm amazed people are still rolling their cameras. I'd be throwing that thing and running as fast as I can. I have never been good at math, but I put the fear factor there at 13.

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