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As many of you may have heard, an accident took place on Mt. Washington in Huntington Ravine on Friday, January 18th. Unfortunately it took the the life of Peter Roux, 39, of Bartlett, Tennessee. Roux had gone up to solo Odell Gully that morning and was reported by a close friend as being overdue early that evening. An initial search of the ravine access routes later that evening failed to find him and, due to avalanche danger, search teams did not enter the ravine until around sunrise the next morning. Unfortunately his body was discovered atop avalanche debris at the base of the gully.
I was going to comment on this incident, but based on the thread on the topic in the NEClimbs.com forum and the well reasoned and detailed analysis of the incident on the Forest Service site (http://www.tuckerman.org/accident/20072008.htm), I have decided to forgo this one. The only comment I have is one of my deepest sympathy to his family and close friends. May he rest in peace...
Thanks to the Forest Service personnel, the MWV Mountain Rescue Service, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Harvard Mountaineering Club and the Mount Washington Observatory for assistance in handling this tragic incident.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective April 17, 2015
I know, I know there are some folks who will say that this or that climb is still IN, but believe me there really is no safe ice in the lower elevation now, so the rating has been dropped to a 1. This indicates that the only ice is in the higher terrain now. And in fact, other than climbs that have some significant part of them in the shade, like Pinnacle, everything else should be considered suspect. That said the skiing is supposedly amazing right now so grab it while you can. Starting next week we will move fully into rock season and will switch to BugCON ratings.
While the ice right now is not as good as it would be if we hadn't gotten the week-long thaw, we're better off than we were last year at this time. Here are some comparison shots from last season and this:
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