4 Caught in Tuckerman Ravine, NH Avalanche on Sunday

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A skier makes his way down the Left Gully, a backcountry ski run with a 40-degree pitch, Saturday, March 30, 2013, on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. The mountain is considered to be the birthplace of backcountry skiing in the East, providing skiers with some of the most challenging terrain in the country. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
A skier makes his way down the Left Gully in Tuckerman Ravine, NH off Mt. Washington in 2103  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Two Canadian climbers triggered an avalanche in Tuckerman Ravine on Sunday that carried themselves and two other skiers down the mountainside, according to the US Forest Service.  Both climbers and one skier were hurt.  No one was killed.

The 2 Canadian climbers triggered the avalanche around 1pm on Sunday in a zone called “The Chute.”  A 75-foot wide avalanche ripped out while they were downc-limbing and carried them 800-vertical-feet to the bottom of the 40º chute.  Two skiers were also caught in the avalanche and swept to the bottom.

One of the Canadians suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated by snow rangers and the Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol.

The other climber was transported by litter to Hermit Lake and taken to a hospital.

One of the skiers received non-life-threatening injuries as well.

Avalanche danger was rated at “Considerable” (3 out of 5) at the time of the avalanche.


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