Hopefully, everyone who accesses the winter backcountry environment is familiar with avalanche forecasts. For those who have not yet ventured into the backcountry, or those who are not familiar with all safety considerations, here is a synopsis of how avalanche forecasts are made and why they are so important. The first avalanche forecasts began in 1973 in Colorado. Today, the […]
Utah Avalanche Center and the US Forest Service bring you the North American Public Avalanche Danger Scale. You must remember four important points about this scale: 1) The scale is not linear. Your risk increases about two fold for each rising level on the danger scale. In other words, you take on twice as much risk at Moderate as Low and you take on four times more risk going from Low to Considerable. And so on. The risk numbers […]
The Crested Butte, Colorado area experienced at least 9 avalanches over the weekend. One of them was on Mt. Owen and the crown of the avalanche there was 6-15 feet deep making it an extremely large & powerful avalanche. Moral of the story here: The Crested Butte area of Colorado is very unstable right now. Be very conservative out there. East aspect above treeline. Estimated failure 1/11/14. 2-3′ windslab (faintly visible in picture), stepped […]
The American Avalanche Institute’s Sarah Carpenter was thoroughly questioned by ArtOfManliness.com about how to survive an avalanche and they wrote a great piece on how to prepare for avalanches, avoid avalanche, and what to do if you’re caught in an avalanche.
First, a few avalanche facts:
– 24 avalanche fatalities in 2012/13
– Snowmobilers are twice as likely to die in an avalanche – 89% of avalanche victims are men […]