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#4453 - 11/05/09 07:36 PM Re: Avi Hazard: climbers go sliding, OK. [Re: DrWho]
Shaun Fluker Offline

Registered: 11/07/07
Posts: 69
Loc: Cochrane
To add to an earlier comment on this forum about the conditions chatter, the potential for this forum to have educational value on topics like safety in avalanche terrain would be greatly enhanced if these threads were not buried in the conditions post. Once winter actually arrives, this particular posting will be pushed off the visible list and its educational contribution severely limited.

Now, if there was a forum thread dedicated for reporting avi incidents by climbers ...

#4454 - 11/05/09 09:36 PM Re: Avi Hazard: climbers go sliding, OK. [Re: Shaun Fluker]
Josh Briggs Offline

Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 20
Loc: Canada
There is a forum dedicated to avalanche incidents (for both climbers & skiers):

click on "I am public"

click on "discussions"

Click on the location of your choice (we are in the "central rockies").

This incident is posted there as well. Keeping avalanche incident discussions on the CAA boards will maximize the exposure to backcountry users of all types, rather than restricting the viewers to individual sports. For example, while looking at the central rockies incidents you will see a posting for a ski / snowboard involvement in highwood pass recently-- still highly relevant for local climbers.

Best regards,
Josh Briggs.

Edited by Josh Briggs (11/05/09 09:37 PM)

#4481 - 11/08/09 07:46 PM Re: Avi Hazard: climbers go sliding, OK. [Re: Josh Briggs]
VertFlirt Offline

Registered: 10/05/09
Posts: 32
king creek. the first climb and the gully climb, IN.
middle route is climbable to some, but very thin. as of nov 6.

#4496 - 11/09/09 02:02 PM Re: Avi Hazard: climbers go sliding, OK. [Re: VertFlirt]
BrendenR Offline

Registered: 11/07/07
Posts: 329
Loc: Alberta
Just thought I'd post up another link that can be usefull:

The Environment Canada website does have graphs and text wind profiles on their website covering the privious 24hour period. This one is for the Nakiska ridetop station;

#4550 - 11/14/09 02:09 PM Re: Avi Hazard: climbers go sliding, OK. [Re: Janice N]
toby g Offline

Registered: 11/18/07
Posts: 6
Loc: jackson, wy
We also ran laps on R&D on Thursday, and were amazed at how rapidly the wind deposits changed conditions. We followed a fresh knee deep track set by a party of three that was already on the route, under clear skies. By the time we left a couple hours later there was no sign of our trail until we got back to the drainage. Unfortunate, because the Chalise looks great, but we weren't willing to traverse the bowl to get to it.

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