Dang, I don't think I've seen the snowpack this touchy in quite awhile.JtheChemE wrote: ↑Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:31 pmAnother big warning sign for people excited to get after winter peaks:
Quite a large slide triggered remotely by what appear to be snowshoers en route to Sneffels' SW ridge route, but the report is vague and submitted anonymously. Thankfully the report doesn't mention injuries or a fatality.
Glad nobody was hurt, but its hard to think of decision making process that makes attempting this route reasonable today. This isn't even a heuristic trap type situation, as there is no route up sneffels without avalanche hazard. The aspect of the approach to SW route is exactly one of the ones that are in question right now. CAIC even put out a special bulletin yesterday about the high danger of the current snowpack. Especially worrisome is that it was triggered remotely from below. We can expect this danger to persist, and even get touchier with upcoming small storm loads in the forecast.
Hopefully pointing these things out (as appropriate) can be beneficial for this group, especially if it can bring awareness or start a discussion. In the off chance that the party involved reads this forum, it would be helpful to share more details with CAIC as to what led to this "near miss". There are quite a few new folks out there this season, I sure do hope people err more towards caution right now. Link to CAIC field report below.
https://www.avalanche.state.co.us/caic/ ... s_id=62936
I agree that we really need to be quick to point this stuff out to newbies who are wanting to venture out and may just have zero understanding of the danger they are flirting with.
I also commented on another post recently asking about Grays and Torreys and mentioned the same thing. We as a community should do our best to help folks safe.