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Five killed in Loveland Pass Avalanche

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Re: Five killed in Loveland Pass Avalanche

Postby rickinco123 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:16 pm

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Re: Five killed in Loveland Pass Avalanche

Postby peter303 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:35 pm

I visited the slide area this weekend to gain some understanding and pay respects at the memorial shrine. Its a short walk from the hairpin curve. The shrine was a white cross, flowers, couple beer cans and many farewell messages, some written into the snow. I didnt venture out into the gully itself due to possible new instabilitiies from the rapid melting. Many of the avalanche features are melting away. A couple dozen other people walked by too.

Re: Five killed in Loveland Pass Avalanche

Postby mtnfiend » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:45 pm

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According to the CAIC accident report there were at least 2 members wearing air bags, and "other members were wearing avalungs". The air bags were not deployed, and none of the victims were found with the avalung in their mouth.

Air bags have some sort of guard around the triggers, and avalungs (if built into a backpack) have a sleeve they zip into. Given the scenario (quick tour, desire to stay on mellow angle terrain, etc.) it's easy for me to understand if none of the trigger guards on the airbags were removed, or the avalungs unzipped from their sleeves. I know my avalung spends 99% of it's life zipped up.
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Re: Five killed in Loveland Pass Avalanche

Postby Carl » Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:14 pm

^^^ I use to zip my Avalung into its sleeve to keep it from getting dirty in transit sometimes until I noticed one time after traveling in avy terrain that I forgot to unzip it. Now the only time it gets zipped in is perhaps over the summer. Downside is it tastes like dirt (or worse). Upside is I won't forget to have it accessible should I ever need it.

By no means implying having the avalung accessible would have necessarily made any difference in this accident.

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