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Helicopter Bombing at Mount Baker

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http://grantgunderson.com/blog/?p=132

 

A link to the Grant Gunderson Photography showing out of bounds avalanche control work near Mount Baker Washington that resulted in the release of a 12 to 13 foot slab.  I would NOT stand where this guy is standing:

 

 

 

GG0324-10.jpg

 

Grant notes:  

 

"there is a very deep and still active layer in our snow pack that may become very active when the temps start to raise. A profile of the large crown on Hemispheres showed a very hard ICY bed surface with a layer of facets above it that the slab was sitting on."

 

Be careful out there!  There's no equipment that could possibly help if you were caught in something like this.

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correct me if im wrong but could that large flag of snow come sliding down starting at the point of that skier?
 

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Originally Posted by sdstarr View Post

http://grantgunderson.com/blog/?p=132

 

A link to the Grant Gunderson Photography showing out of bounds avalanche control work near Mount Baker Washington that resulted in the release of a 12 to 13 foot slab.  I would NOT stand where this guy is standing:

 

 

 

GG0324-10.jpg

 

Grant notes:  

 

"there is a very deep and still active layer in our snow pack that may become very active when the temps start to raise. A profile of the large crown on Hemispheres showed a very hard ICY bed surface with a layer of facets above it that the slab was sitting on."

 

Be careful out there!  There's no equipment that could possibly help if you were caught in something like this.



 

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Some of this surprises me.  I was under the impression that some of the pictures shown are of terrain within a National Wilderness Area which, by law, is off limits to avalanche control using any technology other than skiing it off.  I must be wrong about something.  I've seen these crowns from inbounds at the ski area and the one in the picture above is not the biggest one.  They're off the charts.

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