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Topic - Forthcoming Avalanches

AdrianC - on 11 Apr 2013
Was pondering what's going on right now and thought it might be a good time to bring this up.

Some observations:

It has been cold for several weeks.
There's still a lot of snow around - even at quite low elevations.
It is forecast to get significantly warmer through this weekend.

Rapid warming is a strong warning sign - bonds between ice crystals will melt and weaken the snowpack. Stability will likely generally worsen. So if your feet are in the snow and the freezing level is above your head in the next wee while it might be good to consider...

Taking the longer, less steep way round.
Avoiding convex rolls.
Being wary of unsupported slopes (e.g. ones with a drop over a cliff at their bottom.)
Using safe travel techniques (e.g. one at a time on steep ground, moving between islands of safety.)

...especially if it is raining or sunny. And if you're wallowing in soft wet snow and your feet are punching through to the ground beneath then you have every reason to get out of there and go back to the cafe. Let's see if we can get through the rest of winter without any more avalanche involvements eh?
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