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Author Topic: Avalanche # 2 in Tucks, Sunday  (Read 109 times)

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Avalanche # 2 in Tucks, Sunday
« on: December 02, 2002, 06:59:34 AM »

Apparently there was ANOTHER avalanche in Tuckerman's Ravine on Sunday. 4 climbers were involved. There was at 1 serious injury, a broken back. The injured person was taken to Maine Medical. Info on the incident is currently posted on the Tuckerman avalanche bulletin site:

http://www.tuckerman.org/avalanche/

What is amazing about this incident is that apparently the folks involved this time actually witnessed the incident on Friday and helped rescue the others!!! On top of that, the posted avalanche danger on Sunday was CONSIDERABLE, higher than that on Friday. I hate to say this but, what are people thinking?

I am trying to get more details at this time. If you were there or know any details please contact me.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL.

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Re: Avalanche # 2 in Tucks, Sunday
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2002, 05:45:29 PM »

according to a source, apparently 2 people, of the 4 involved, were completely buried in this event. on top of that, the woman who was injured walked down to the hut with a broken neck - C2 fracture! in addition, apparently the climbers involved seemingly wouldn't admit that they were caught in an avalanche except after repeated "grilling" on the way down once the woman had been backboarded.

hmmm...

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Re: Avalanche # 2 in Tucks, Sunday
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2002, 06:27:07 AM »

i heard that no one on the mountain that day any avalanche safety gear. does any one know if the park is considering the charge for rescue option?
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Re: Avalanche # 2 in Tucks, Sunday
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2002, 07:23:19 AM »

the state of NH has the ability to charge for rescues in the event that people were negligent. this is probably a case where that is true. interestingly enough they have not ever done so.

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Re: Avalanche # 2 in Tucks, Sunday
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2002, 01:43:35 PM »

State of NH has charged for rescue of at least one party of 5 hikers due to negligence for not having snowshoes (but having ice axe and crampons) in winter.  All were uninjured except for minor frostbite on one.  It's not clear how the State arrives at the decision of who to charge.
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Re: Avalanche # 2 in Tucks, Sunday
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2002, 12:04:59 AM »

They came back for more in worse weather?
What can ya do?

How much were the hikers charged?
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