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Montana avalanche fatality
« on: 10/10/17, 04:38 PM »

Montana avalanche fatality

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

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Re: Montana avalanche fatality
« Reply #1 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:

« Last Edit: 10/21/17, 12:52 PM by telemack » Logged

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
George Santayana
Blizz Mountain

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Re: Montana avalanche fatality
« Reply #2 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:

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Re: Montana avalanche fatality
« Reply #3 on: 10/14/17, 04:59 PM »


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