/ Mittelaletsch bivi hut destroyed by avalanche

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cdpej on 07 Feb 2019
McHeath - on 07 Feb 2019
In reply to cdpej:

That's pretty shocking; you kind of assume that a (Swiss!) bivouac shelter is going to have been built in a safe place. Thankfully nobody in there when the avalanche hit.

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felt - on 07 Feb 2019
In reply to cdpej:

By'eck-horn

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JLS on 07 Feb 2019
In reply to McHeath:

I gather that the difference between safe and unsafe is often just frequency of event. Once a year - not good. Once every two hundred years - it’ll be fine...

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Solaris on 08 Feb 2019
In reply to cdpej:

Ah well. Glad no one was in it. It was a good and useful hut in a fantastic, hard-to-get-to location (by alpine standards) on a great peak. Happy memories of a night spent in it with Keith, Matt, and Laura.

When we visited it, the key to the (unpleasant) ascent off the glacier to it was the wind-blown remains of its loo on the Mittelaletschgletscher a couple of hundred metres beneath it.

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cdpej on 09 Feb 2019
In reply to JLS:

this week end is the 20th anniversary of the devastating avalanche in montroc which makes your point very powerfully.  

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iceox - on 09 Feb 2019
In reply to cdpej:

Yes,indeed to the day.9th Feb.

What passed that night and before perhaps merits some chat.

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gooberman-hill - on 09 Feb 2019
JLS on 09 Feb 2019
In reply to gooberman-hill:

Interesting read. Thanks for posting.

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