Joined: 06 Dec 2004 Posts: 2204 Location: not suited for office work
Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 6:15 am Post subject:
It has been a hell of a week to say the least. Four people I'm aware of have died in avalanches in the last two days.
It's Sunday and we worship on Sunday's in the Church of the Pines.
Today was no exception.
We got to the bus stop and found the acrimonious maynard g. krebs there also. Fine. He joined the group.
Off the bus and headed up on a very common route already done multiple times this winter. The surprize was, that even though it hasn't snowed for a couple of days, there was only one snow shoe track ahead of us and they didn't make it to the pass.
From the pass we walked the ridge over for the view above. It was obvious, there had been some avalanching but the extent required a closer look. We skied down and went over a sub ridge to have a better look.
Seeing a way up by using the recent avalanche we decided to go up for a closer look and to see how the snow was.
Near the top things got a bit interesting with the traverse through rocks and the little remaining sugar after the slide. We got to the top and had a look into the next drainage, where two snowshoers got buried yesterday. A rescue was in progress ( actually a body recovery) and the entire drainage had been bombed into submission with two cases of double shots used. Multiple avalanches had been triggered but none appeared to run too far or deep, since a large natural cycle had also occured.
We dropped a large cornice, since we didn't have a case of explosives, as a test of stability, even though the slope had naturaled,
with no results. Most of the time this would be reassuring, but it's a big hill and the slides have been running deep. Several ski cuts were done still with no results but the upper was wind boarded and impacts on lower snow with ski cuts, questionable at best. Below the wind board the skiing was a couple of inches over the stryofoam and not bad at all.
We continued the run down canyon, ascended another hill discovering the slope had also avalanched during the storm, climbed and skied with a birds eye view of all the explosive triggered slides and exited.
We were well down the drainage, on the summer road when we discovered this,
which appears to be the result of a very large climax avalanche. Timing on that one is unknown as is the starting zone, with a little checking revealing no information.
I would hope that the cycle is about at an end. Can't say it hasn't been interesting, but enough is enough. _________________
All the cagey avalanche folks I know, me included, have sworn off slopes steeper than about 33° for the rest of the season.
Joined: 06 Dec 2004 Posts: 535 Location: vancouver, bc
Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 6:32 am Post subject:
Should've checked the thread before i left, we were in plowed road fork today. Wasn't too bad of a walk in, and it was an interesting but doable ski out on the snowbank on the side of the road. Snow up there was generally mushy, but still fun to ski. We kept it low angle (20-25) but heard some disconcerting wummphs. Still, no cracks or sliding. Nice day to be out
edited to add: Those final slide pics are quite impressive.
FYI the road into & around the Spruces cabin area was plowed sometime between Fri pm & Saturday am. It's a mess & best avoided.
Noticed the plowed road while driving up BCC yesterday. Decided to go to Willows instead figuring the Mill F road would be skiable, it's been plowed too.
Sunday was my 1st time out in the BC since the av cycle started. Lots of devastation out there. Seemed like every E facing ridge in Upper BCC had slid (West Silver Fork, the meadow chute ridgeline, West Willow, Tuscarora, Twin Lakes, West Monitor....), most looked like naturals. Ran into 2 guys who remotely triggered 2 slides in West monitor on Saturday while skinning up, one on each side of their skin track!
Fortunately I spent Saturday skiing Brighton, got to watch Lauren do a dozen laps on the Explorer lift totally unassisted! Sunday I took the Splitter out for the 1st time in 2 years (11th overall). Cuss/turn for the 1st lap down half-day hill, the same for the start of lap 2. I was able to get the "feel of the turn" back for the remainder of that lap and the next one. Like they say, if it were easy it would be called.... Good turns on the S facing Dec. corn, the board made light work of the variable snow throughout the day.
Surprised I didn't run into someone in Plowed Road Fork, but did hear of a Wow sighting from a snowshoer on Saturday.
That morning I started by helping with the WMC beacon practice. (An unscientific sample of 2 novices felt they could locate faster with a Pieps DSP than a Tracker, but would take either over an analog.) No one wanted to ski afterward, so I was hanging at the Cardiff parking lot when a ski group pulled in and started gearing up. I asked where they were planning to ski in Cardiff and got a "we're not sure, we're from out of town." While I didn't have the photographic proof to dissuade them from that idea, ie
I must have sounded convincing, as they joined me for a tour to the "softer side" of BCC.
Nearing the end of the plowed road, we came upon one of the people building the house. He hopes to be done in January, and is aware that a lot of people are unhappy. OTOH, he said that the owner is a principle at a resort up the road that has demonstrated it's love of construction, so I'm afraid he may want to drive to his new house all winter. Time will tell.
Lots of people were out in the beautiful weather and safe terrain, so we got plenty of info on the good snow that was available. Having flatlanders along, we headed for an easy spot near Dog Lake, and I gave a running commentary on what else was available, should they return on Sunday. I also pointed out what to avoid, since there are a few dicey spots in the drainage. The prime spot on this list was the NE face of Reynolds, made clear by the tracks that some "idiot" must have put on them when the danger was so high. Got a good laugh out of reading Edgar's TR and discovering that the idiot was a friend. Clearly, they did a fine job of testing the slope both before and during the time they skied it, went one at a time, and had a good time.
Sunday was beautiful day, also, and two of us went back to harvest what was left of the hill. Here is what the "couple inches over styrofoam" looked like in action, altho' the north facing aspects had a softer base than that.
We were then seduced by a pretty day, and followed the drainage farther down than we should have, given the hour. Had this nice view on the way back up,
but that meant the sun was low enough that everything was freezing up pretty bad. Whereas Saturday, I was able to ski along the ploughed road like gwest did, even at 5pm, Sunday we were a bit later and fought with enough ice on the way down that we walked as soon as we got back to the plowed section.
All in all, a very nice weekend in the mtns for some of us.
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