/ Massive avalanche in the alps
Oops. So, how many paddlers have avalanche threat on their checklist?
As the French lady said "oh la la!"
What river is it? I don't recognise it from that angle, and I've paddled in the Alps quite a lot.
The via Ferrata is at 44°57'27.68" 6°10'12.96"E
Looks as if it happens reasonably often (geologically speaking based on the scarring of the hillside)
The river is the Veneon. The via ferrata runs beneath St Christophe, with access from just beneath where the road goes up steeply into the village. Sort of beneath the refuge alpe du pin and down valley a bit. Hope some of that is of some help!
> The via Ferrata is at 44°57'27.68" 6°10'12.96"E
> Looks as if it happens reasonably often (geologically speaking based on the scarring of the hillside)
There are likely to be some monsters over the next couple of days. There is an incredible amount of wet snow up high this year, and it just snowed all weekend (above 1500 m) with as much as a metre of fresh. They give generalized marked grade 4 on Monday tending to get worse during the day!
I have only seen such a bad risk forecast once or twice over the last 9 years.
Whooof. When the river melts/ bursts that ice-plug, there's going to be a pretty hairy flash-flood downstream, too.
> Yes, but not that often on that scale at least as it took out some pretty big trees near the bottom which must have been there a while. Got to say that was impressive.
Agreed - last one was probably a minimum of 100 years ago, based on tree height,
Wild speculative guess, of course, as befits UKC!
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