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Tag: avalanche

June
18th

4 climbers presumed dead after Denali avalanche

From the National Park Service:

An avalanche on Mt. McKinley’s West Buttress during the early morning hours of June 14th is presumed to have claimed the lives of four Japanese climbers.  The five-member Miyagi Workers Alpine Federation (MWAF) expedition was descending Motorcycle Hill near 11,800 feet at 2 a.m. last Thursday morning when an avalanche swept them all downhill. The five were travelling as one rope team, although the rope broke during the avalanche.  One team member survived the event.  Hitoshi Ogi, 69 of Miyagi Prefecture, was swept into a crevasse and subsequently climbed out with minor injuries. Ogi was

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May
11th

Special avalanche alert issued for Cascades, Olympics

The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center released a “special avalanche forecast” this morning warning back country travelers in the Cascades and Olympics that the risk of avalanche is currently very high. From the NWAC forecast:

Increasingly warm and mostly fair weather Friday through Monday along with light winds should allow for warming, melt and weakening to affect progressively deeper layers of the snowpack at increasingly high elevations.

As a result, a spring slide cycle involving much of the past season’s snowpack is probable..and should increase in intensity and severity through Monday. Increasing large wet loose or wet slab slides

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Feb.
19th

Three killed in backcountry avalanche on Stevens Pass, snowboarder killed at Alpental

Three people were killed by an avalanche while skiing out of bounds near the Stevens Pass Ski Area today. According to the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center the risk of avalanche today was  ”high,” it’s second highest risk classification.

From the Associated Press:

All those who were missing after an avalanche Sunday near a popular ski resort in Washington state have been accounted for, and the total number of people killed remains at three, a resort official said.

John Gifford, general manager at the Stevens Pass ski area, says he’s unsure how many people were caught up in the slide,

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Dec.
6th

Video of skier buried alive by avalanche shows importance of having correct back country equipment, skills

Hey guys, for the 1,328th time, the Adventure Guys would like to remind you how important it is to have the appropriate skills and tools before skiing in the backcountry. That includes knowing what to do in the event you are trapped in an avalanche.

Check out this video. Watch how quietly and easily this avalanche buries this skier. Thanks to dailyhiker.com for pointing this video out to us this morning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tbuk9AyEap8

Here’s the message the avalanche victim posted along with the video:

This is the footage of me getting buried in an avalanche in Verbier, Switzerland on the 28th

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March
1st

Skier survives Crystal Mountain avalanche

A Crystal Mountain skier, was buried up to his head by an avalanche, was able to reach his cell phone to call for rescue Sunday.

KIRO TV reported that the avalanche occurred at 4 p.m. when the man, in his 50s, was skiing a half-mile out of bounds where there is no avalanche patrol, according to the ski patrol director said.

The snow slide swept the man to the base of some trees. He was buried up to his head and nearly immobilized by the weight of the snow, KIRO said.

The man was able to reach down and pull

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