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Camp Avi advise
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Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
Camp Avi advise on 04/28/2013 20:52:20 MDT Print View


Edited by rmjapan on 06/19/2015 12:32:15 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Camp Avi advise on 04/28/2013 21:04:25 MDT Print View

"My question for experienced mountaineers is does this area look safe from avalanche given the recent blizzard?"

Without knowing the angle of the slope, it is impossible to predict anything. Then you need to study the snow layers to determine if there is a weak layer that will contribute to a fracture.


Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
Re: Re: Camp Avi advise on 04/28/2013 21:43:48 MDT Print View


Edited by rmjapan on 06/19/2015 12:32:45 MDT.

Jim W.
(jimqpublic) - MLife

Locale: So-Cal
Re: Camp Avi advise on 05/01/2013 16:10:10 MDT Print View

The "free flowing river" valley shown in the third photo may be deep enough to deflect most, or typical avalanches, but possibly not enough to deflect a very large avalanche.

Most avalanche forecasts are based on familiarity with past event history, visual reads of the terrain, and snowpack analysis. The likely runout limits of an avalanche is usually a guess.


Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
VARIABLES on 05/16/2013 22:57:59 MDT Print View

1st take a good avy course
2nd read several good avy books.

Then consider the variables:

1. slope angle
2. slope aspect (N, E, S or W?)
3. snowpack profile (Dig several snow pits)
4. avy history in that area
5. ground "anchors" like boulders & trees
6. most recent snowfall depth and type of snow