Uintas Avalanche Tragedy

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Uintas Avalanche Tragedy

Postby Nelson » Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:31 am

Our run towards a fatality free year in Utah ended in tragedy yesterday when a family on an outing broke off a cornice and two children were buried and killed in the ensuing avalanche. The report is on this link:

It is painful to pick lessons out of such a tragedy but there are a couple of points to keep in mind:

1) Respect cornices and give them a wide area of caution. They can start much sooner than you expect and they are deadly.

2) Micro climates exist. You can be in a benign general avalanche condition but a much different micro climate condition.

Keep your guard up and stay safe.

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Re: Uintas Avalanche Tragedy

Postby rking007 » Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:10 am

So so tragic. Hope this family is able to pull through this.
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Re: Uintas Avalanche Tragedy

Postby AndYouSeeMe » Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:33 am

RIP to those beautiful kids :( This breaks my heart.
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Re: Uintas Avalanche Tragedy

Postby TallGrass » Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:50 am

Video at 1:54 is worth a thousand words.
Not sure if I'll do more 14ers. The trip reports are too tiring. :wink:

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Re: Uintas Avalanche Tragedy

Postby phlakin » Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:01 am

So tragic. Makes me sick for these parents and their entire family. Prayers to all of them.
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Re: Uintas Avalanche Tragedy

Postby summitstep » Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:23 am

Between this and the loss of a father and two sons hiking in missouri, its been a devastating week. Prayers for all. It's not supposed to be this way, and they have to move on lessened by it all. Heartbreaking.
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