South Facing Event

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Kaptain Safe T
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South Facing Event

Postby Kaptain Safe T » February 3rd, 2016, 1:47 pm

After another post storm cycle strong NNW winds transported enough snow along with rapid warming conditions to produce 2 natural avalanches approximately 1:00 pm ish yesterday in the Rustler Chutes visible from the Agassiz Chair......They appear to have been point release events with no crown visible from a distance.....At least one of the small avalanches ran quite a distance in the path of the lookers right chute crossing the summer time Humphreys Trail. Remember wind can xport 10 to 15 times as much snow that can naturally fall. The snowpack is quite thin up at the top of the Rustlers and the solar gain is at a maximum this time of year on that aspect. These chutes are South to Southwest facing. It appears that the starting zone of this area was very scoured above tree line but loaded up enough at treeline to slide.......I once learned to "expect the unexpected" On another note the southside second gully did not have any sign of activity on similar slope aspects but I was in there earlier than later. " Wind the Architect of Avalanches"
Safe travels....better to stay on the ridgelines and avoid those terrain traps and loaded areas for sure.

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