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    Post Avalanche on Mount Washington

    The Mount Washington Observatory is reporting that there was an avalanche today in Huntington Ravine:

    We understand that there has been an avalanche in Huntington Ravine, and that the US Forest Service Snow Rangers have been deployed to assess the area. Mount Washington Observatory has not been called upon in any capacity, so unfortunately we are unable to provide any further information at this time. We join with the rest of the White Mountains community in wishing our best to all those involved.

    WCAX is reporting 3 injured and that the avalanche was in Tuckerman Ravine:

    http://www.wcax.com/story/20619615/3...-mt-washington

    WMTW did not have much more info:

    http://www.wmtw.com/weather/Avalanch...z/-/index.html

    WMUR said the same:

    http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/Sev...z/-/index.html

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    Same mixed news here this morning.News 9 wasn't sure if the avi was in Tucks or Huntington.Sounds like Huntington though as they stayed overnight in the Harvard cabin which is located at the bottom of the ravine.
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    Most of the climbing this time of year is done in Huntington. With the recent thaw and freeze then a few inches of snow on top (some may have blown in as well) it makes for some good avy conditions.
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    Huntington ravine being steep as f*ck also makes for some good avy conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdfreetuna View Post
    Huntington ravine being steep as f*ck also makes for some good avy conditions.
    Surprisingly, the most avi prone slopes are in the low to mid 30 degree range. I would think Huntington is steeper than that.

    Obviously not immune to them, but I remember that little factoid being the most suprising element of my avi courses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdironRider View Post
    Surprisingly, the most avi prone slopes are in the low to mid 30 degree range. I would think Huntington is steeper than that.

    Obviously not immune to them, but I remember that little factoid being the most suprising element of my avi courses.
    Correct because the snow can build up on it more than when it is steep. I was actually in one in Huntington on the climb named Odell's while climbing. I was carried down about 600-800 feet. I was lucky to have been able to swim and stay on top only being buried about 3 or 4 inches under and was able to pop right out once it stopped about 100 feet above the treeline. I hit a few things on the way down and got airborne a few times but was unhurt. My climbing partner had a nasty deep bruise on his lower leg that did not fade away for about 8 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smellytele View Post
    Correct because the snow can build up on it more than when it is steep. I was actually in one in Huntington on the climb named Odell's while climbing. I was carried down about 600-800 feet. I was lucky to have been able to swim and stay on top only being buried about 3 or 4 inches under and was able to pop right out once it stopped about 100 feet above the treeline. I hit a few things on the way down and got airborne a few times but was unhurt. My climbing partner had a nasty deep bruise on his lower leg that did not fade away for about 8 months.
    You are correct. Very steep slopes don't get the snow loading needed for bigger slides.

    You got lucky. How did it happen ? I would guess it was self-triggered ?

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    Sad to hear that the party involved was in fact the Ascents of Honor crew:

    http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/Sev...z/-/index.html

    These guys looked to be pretty damn prepared and knew what they were doing. So if it could happen to them it could happen to anyone. Glad that they are OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fbrissette View Post
    You are correct. Very steep slopes don't get the snow loading needed for bigger slides.

    You got lucky. How did it happen ? I would guess it was self-triggered ?
    Yes very lucky. It was basically self triggered. We had climbed the ice on the right side of Odell's. The weather got worse, we couldn't see more than 20 feet and when we got above the ice we decided to not go across the Alpine garden to head down. We decided to look for the escape hatch on the left side of Odell's. So we had to cross across the top of the climb one at a time and made it. We never found the escape hatch and down climbed the left side to the base of the ice. We started walking down the snow gully and the snow above the climb let go and came down over the climb, hit my partner first who in turn knocked me off my feet and down we went.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    Sad to hear that the party involved was in fact the Ascents of Honor crew:

    http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/Sev...z/-/index.html

    These guys looked to be pretty damn prepared and knew what they were doing. So if it could happen to them it could happen to anyone. Glad that they are OK.
    Too bad the report had no clue...
    "Keith Zeier makes a practice climb at Cathedral Ledge in North Conway, Monday at Wildcat in Pinkham Notch.

    Actually looks like he was at the cave on Standard at Frankenstein's as well in Crawford Notch
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