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Re: avalanches
« Reply #135 on: March 11, 2013, 12:58:35 PM »

Avalanches are dangerous...stay out of them.  :P

The "Superficial Statement / Rule of thumbs" alarm just went off down at the office of training.
You will hear from the director on this one. Oh man. :-\
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Re: avalanches
« Reply #136 on: March 11, 2013, 01:16:33 PM »

I'm trying really hard not to post yet another gif but you guys are not making it easy on me.
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Re: avalanches
« Reply #137 on: March 11, 2013, 04:12:19 PM »

Last weekends course saw some awesome Surface Hoar and the graupel in the ravine from last Friday provided a fun Rutschblock.

http://davidlottmann.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/aiare-1-avalanche-course-3813-31013/
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Re: avalanches
« Reply #138 on: March 11, 2013, 04:26:28 PM »


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Re: avalanches
« Reply #139 on: March 11, 2013, 04:29:01 PM »

Sorry couldn't help myself...


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Re: avalanches
« Reply #140 on: March 12, 2013, 10:18:13 AM »

Sorry couldn't help myself...




JBrochu....how did you find the footage of my high school talent show???
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Re: avalanches
« Reply #141 on: March 12, 2013, 01:12:08 PM »

I'm really not trying to start another pissing match here, I just wanted to share a personal experience from Katahdin.  I think traveling in avalanche terrain is somewhat like walking a tightrope.  You only get one chance.

Last week, I spent the week at Chimney Pond with the objective of climbing Cilley-Barber.  In the three days leading up to our arrival the mountain saw 26 inches of new snow which came in on light(under 15mph at the pond) north winds.  It suffices to say we were a bit surprised by the volume of snow on the headwall when we arrived. :o On the first day we basically chilled at the lean-to all day watching snow blow off the ridge and sluff down the gullys.  Some of the gullys showed obvious signs of avalanche activity.  The days were absolutely BLUEBIRD(32 and SUNNY), some of the best weather I've seen in the mountains.  For a couple days we climbed(pamola cliffs) and skied areas we felt relatively comfortable with.  We'd heard the weather was going to change so figured it was now or never. 

Not wanting to head up the route willy nilly we decided to dig a pit close to the base of the route.  We found a weak layer(hoar) at a depth of thirty centimeters.  During our compression test we were able to initiate a failure of the column by easy tapping.  With this info we decided our last day would be better spent hiking.

When we arrived back in camp we learned that someone had sent Waterfall Gully that day.  I'm not saying they were wrong, it just wasn't a decision I was prepared to make.  I'd be lying if I wrote that my ego wasn't a little bruised on the way back out of the park.  It was wonderful and humbling learning experience in a beautiful place.   
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Re: avalanches
« Reply #142 on: March 14, 2013, 01:39:41 PM »

I'm not saying they were wrong, it just wasn't a decision I was prepared to make.  I'd be lying if I wrote that my ego wasn't a little bruised on the way back out of the park.  It was wonderful and humbling learning experience in a beautiful place.

Can you identify the bed surface and the exposition of the slide? Is it a place where you can belay your partner safely? Is it a route where you can bail safely? Where is the no return point? What is the steepness of the route? is it corniche on the ridge?

I'm not saying they were right, it just that there is other tools than digging. Knowing that an avalanche can be trigger, I will use different climbing technique than the only good one triangle position.     
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