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Seems like really good news about the equipment they were carrying. Having food and fuel can make a huge difference as well as a shovel for building/maintaining or improving a snow/ice cave can be invaluable. I haven't been in weather this extreme, but I have spent 24 hours in a snowcave during a winter storm in the Tetons and it was amazingly warm and protective.

 

Also the MSN video interview with the wife of Kelly James seemed to have good information about the location of the snow cave he is in.

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the Meadows wind gauge was giving readings last night (winds up to 99mph at 6600'). but it looks like it may also be broken now since this morning.

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But the wind gauge at the top of the Palmer appears to have broken.

 

Could be related to the power outage...the cam still seems to be down.

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Why did they just now find the climbers note at the ranger station? You would think they would have checked that one first.

 

Strange and unfortunate but great news.

 

I'm new but a regular on 14ers and summitpost.

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The last hours brought us a few good messages. I was very happy to hear about the note, the three left in the ranger station. Since it is 11:30 pm here in Germany I go to sleep now. I am shure that I can read more good news tomorow morning when I am online again.

 

Keep your finger's crossed.

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1) Snow is porous. New fallen snowpack is 90% air. So there is exchange between the cave and the surrounding snow.

 

2) You keep shovelling out the mouth of the cave and making a hole, or at least poking a probe, or stick, or shovel out through it.

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That's how an avalaung extracts air from the snow and the surface area of a snowcave is a lot higher than the surface area of an avalung.

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yeah, but you know (otherwise, you wouldn't have included it), that air hole maintenance is the primary air source.

 

The snow surfaces inside an occupied snow cave glaze over from humidity and interior temperature raised above freezing due to body heat

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Got this in my inbox... Just passing it along:

Brian at KATU

 

 

For Immediate Release

 

Mt. Hood Closed to Climbing to Assist Search and Rescue Efforts

 

Sandy, OR – Effective today, December 15, 2006, Mt. Hood is closed to all climbing. The area of the mountain above the Pacific Crest Trail and the Timberline Trail is closed to everyone except the search and rescue teams directed by the Hood River County Sheriff.

 

The purpose of the closure is intended to assist efforts to find the three missing climbers. With a forecasted break in the weather, rescuers plan an all out effort to find the missing climbers. By keeping everyone out of the area, the sheriff will be able to eliminate any false clues left by others such as tracks or cell phone signals. The public is asked to abide by this closure.

 

The Timberline and Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Areas remain open. The area immediately outside the ski areas is closed to all public entry. Cooper Spur Ski Area, located at a lower elevation than the closed area also remains open.

 

As provided by state law, the Hood River County Sheriff is the lead for this search and rescue effort. For specific information related to the search and rescue efforts, please contact the sheriff’s information office

 

at 541-387-2290 or 541-387-2291.

 

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These graphs are from NWAC data at Timberline. Magic Mile wind gauges appear to be frozen. You can use the little << arrows to look back to prior hour data sets too.

 

Wind Graph

 

Temperatures

 

Timberline Weather Page here on cascadeclimbers:

http://www.cascadeclimbers.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/ubb/weatherstation/l/timberline-lodge/

 

Ski Bowl

http://www.cascadeclimbers.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/ubb/weatherstation/l/ski-bowl/

 

I don't have a MHM page built out yet.

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I think it was pretty smart to lock the mountain down. This way all the SAR resources can work without distraction as there will be plenty to deal with anyways. Now all they have to do is dodge the avalanches.

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The fact is though, they didn't do something stupid, I'm sure they were not ignorant of the weather possibilities here, and this situation did not happen because they're Texans or New Yorkers. Their actions are no different than the many others on and off this board who climb Hood all the time. They got the summit and would have made it down, but they had an injury when extra time to extract the injured person was not afforded them by nature. It is an unfortuante coincidence, not some foolish decision they made. Without the accident (assumption, but why else would they split up?), I'm sure there would have never been something to make this trip stand out from the many other trips up Hood.

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"The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.” UKEGEN

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The rescuers should use air horns.

It may be possible to walk right past the snow cave and the three will not even know.

Air horns, air horns.

UKEGEN

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