Mount Nahmint Avalanche captured by Drone

A Victoria man, who goes by Mactac on social media channels and asked to remain anonymous, was out filming on May 2nd when the avalanche came down Mount Nahmint in the Alberni Valley.

Mactac posted, “We were out for a day of long range mountain surfing on Vancouver Island with our long range drones (that we build ourselves), hoping to get some nice cinematic footage. There was a “severe avalanche warning” a couple of days prior, but things seemed to have calmed down. Just when were were getting ready to leave, I looked up and saw a huge avalanche coming down the mountain right in front of us! I scrambled to get a battery on my long range FPV drone, fumbled with my GoPro, and booked it out towards the mountain as fast as I possibly could. I got there just in time to see an absolutely scary amount of snow from an avalanche hitting the bottom of the mountain. What looks like water in this video is actually a huge amount of snow, with some chucks as big as my truck.

Since I had the goggles on, I couldn’t see what was goin on around me, and I was pretty paranoid about the avalanche coming down the mountain, through the valley and up the other side where we were sitting, all without me knowing. I was also worried that the road would get obliterated and we’d be stuck way out in the back country. Luckily, it wasn’t even close.

Here’s the FPV long range drone rig Mactac used:
– Camera Butter 7 Cinema ONE 7 inch frame, with a custom front end that helps me get close-to-the ground shots
– T-motor F90 motors
– T-motor F7 55A stack
– Caddx Vista
– True RC antennas all around
– TBS Crossfire diversity receiver
– GNB 4500 LiPo HV 6s battery
– GoPro Bones with Camera Butter ND32 filter