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Title: Montana avalanche fatality
Post by: AlpineRose on 10/10/17, 04:38 PM
Montana avalanche fatality (https://snowbrains.com/2-skiers-caught-avalanche-to-montana-saturday-one-killed-survivor-took-life-grief/)

Incredibly sad.  This was a relatively small avalanche.  However, the description suggests transceivers were not used.


Title: Re: Montana avalanche fatality
Post by: telemack on 10/13/17, 02:06 PM
Very tragic.  We veteran climbers honor Michael Kennedy for his climbing prowess and for editing CLIMBING Magazine for many years.  What a horrible set of circumstances for the parents in a climbing family to have to face. 
My heart goes out to all involved, and to everyone who faces the loss of a loved one.

Here is a link to a tribute in ROCK & ICE:

http://rockandice.com/remembering-hayden-kennedy/



Title: Re: Montana avalanche fatality
Post by: Blizz Mountain on 10/13/17, 10:25 PM
Very sad story.... There have already been several skier triggered avalanches in southern Montana, especially considering the low early season snowpack in some of the areas - mostly high winds causing wind slabs.

Detailed report here on the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center site, will answer some of the questions in previous posts:
http://www.mtavalanche.com/sites/default/files/Imp%20Peak%20Avalanche%20Report_PUBLIC.pdf


Title: Re: Montana avalanche fatality
Post by: rlsg on 10/14/17, 04:59 PM
VERY SAD....

Learned somewhere: "most avalanche fatalities occur in slides of 300' or less".


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