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One killed in Vail Pass Avalanche

Threads related to Colorado mountaineering accidents but please keep it civil and respectful. Friends and relatives of fallen climbers will be reading these posts.
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Re: Vail Pass Avalanche Fatality

Postby Fisching » Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:31 pm

BillMiddlebrook wrote:Here's another look at the deadly avalanche on Ptarmigan's north slope


Wow.
Bill, would you know if the slide path used to be covered in trees, or was this section of the mountain previously devoid?
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Re: One killed in Vail Pass Avalanche

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:40 pm

This is an existing avy path and can even be seen on topo maps

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Re: One killed in Vail Pass Avalanche

Postby viejo » Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:12 pm

One observation of note:
In looking at the 15 Colorado accident reports this season, one major correlation stands out.

In 14 of the 15 reports, the CAIC avalanche forecast showed a "considerable" rating in the zone/aspect where the avalanche occurred, which is stated as "triggered releases are likely". The one exception had just been downgraded from considerable to moderate that day.

Please use that information as you feel appropriate.

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Re: One killed in Vail Pass Avalanche

Postby TeamDino5280 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:23 pm

I think almost the entire season has been rated considerableN,E,S at least every time we were out it was. It's just a consequence of a continental snow pack. Sad stuff. I think the big thing to look at is slope angle similarities in the accidents and not necessarily the danger rating.

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