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Avalanche 2013 SucccessJanuary 29, 2013
by Keith Gale,
We did a heck of a job this weekend assembling a stellar avalanche program.
Hat tips to Thijs, JK, Mike Nealon, Bill Keegan, Bill Lowell, Joe McPhearson, Jim Quinley, student/patroller Wade, Dave Kelly (AV support) and the irrepressible Larry Crawford (the most respected Reporting Party in the NSP-land) for all their incredible work. You had to see the avalanche scenario field to believe it-no photo will be able to capture the amount of work to complete the mock-rescue.
We had ten students with 3 paid (maybe 5) converts to our patrol.
The snow, though well consolidated (ECTN 30), Rutchscblock 7, did have some layers to observe. The quick tests were less interesting, but yielded good practice. Glad we did not have to patrol, as the snow surface was bomber crust (4 deg F gradient).
We were able to keep the audience from sleeping through 9.5 hours of lecture-in itself an amazing feat. Mike Nealon did a very nice job on the Tunnel Creek case study. JK worked his ICS magic. Thijs lead the beacon component. And Bill/Joe led in the probe techniques. Wade conducted recon the week before and was an excellent Accident Site Commander. Bill Lowell lent his able hand in the scenario. Dave overcame my technical challenges with google drive and youtube downloads to get a stable of videos prepared. The most compelling was this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0RWLxOFGLY
Weather was mixed, but actually, just right if I was Goldilocks, with a bit of precipitation, sun and chill.
Thanks to everyone who participated.
2011 On-The-Trail PhotosJanuary 15, 2011
Jim Krussow’s photographs from our On-The-Trail weekend are now available for viewing at On-The-Trail 2011
Snow is great!January 10, 2011
As of the weekend of January 8th and 9th there is plenty of snow on the trails. Some icy spots under the trees but still have powder on many slopes.
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