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Ben Beckerich

PSA - Climber-triggered slide on Hood 11/10/15

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Climber triggered a small soft slab avalanche under the West Chamber on the south face of iRock yesterday at 10am. Climber and partner had discussed concerns about snow stability, and were sampling the snow at the time of the slide.... if you're into irony.

 

Victim was able to roll out of the slide, exiting about 20' below start. Slab crown about 25-30' upslope from victim start point.

 

Soft slab, S=1, D=2, 12" average crown height, ran about 100-150' downslope into open terrain, slope angle at slide was around 35-40 degrees. ALL lee slopes are heavily loaded, with all this high wind and cold temps... be very fucking careful out there this early season, boys. Just goes to show you - it's never "too early to slide."

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t-giving time is a very popular one for getting the chop on our big hill...

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