By John Moynier
When you shuttle, ski, snowmobile, snowshoe, or mountaineer in a space the place there's lots of slope and many snow, then you definately are uncovered to avalanche chance. In Avalanche conscious, veteran backcountry ski consultant and avalanche forecaster John Moynier deftly publications you thru the fundamentals of the way avalanches paintings, spotting avalanche terrain, and checking out the snow pack-before you enterprise onto risky floor. priceless black-and-white illustrations of right equipment, slope perspective, snow pit checks, and the consequences of wind and climate accompany his witty, informative causes of ways to prevent avalanche danger. No ebook on avalanche security will be whole and not using a description of seek equipment within the occasion of an unforeseen slide, and Moynier's worthy causes of the way to move approximately discovering a misplaced good friend provides you with additional self assurance if you happen to take on the slopes. For actually stress-free and winning wintry weather expeditions, examine Avalanche acutely aware ahead of you head out and make it a part of the protection apparatus you hold within the box.
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275 kHz. The new frequency transmits over a greater distance and transmits better through dense snow. Many of the new beacons use a system of lights or digital readouts to augment the audible ''beep" that represents signal strength. The closer you get to the buried unit, the stronger the signal gets. Distance marks on the volume control (or the digital readout) correlate to the proximity of the buried unit. None of the units currently available are truly directional, so to efficiently find a buried beacon, a disciplined search pattern is required.
A small slide may also be enough to throw a climber off her stance and over a cliff or into a crevasse. Figure 2. Loose-snow Avalanche Page 18 Loose-Snow Avalanches Loose-snow avalanches (also known as "point-release" avalanches or "sluffs") begin with a small amount of snow and pick up more snow as they move down the slope, eventually leaving a fan-shaped track. These avalanches are often associated with dry, new snow accumulated without wind, but they can also involve wet snow, especially when a layer of snow becomes saturated due to very warm temperatures or rain.
Terrain Traps Although wide, open powder bowls and steep couloirs offer the most obvious danger, and attraction, to backcountry skiers, it is often a small, less-than-obvious slope on the approach (or at the end of the day) that catches the unwary winter traveler Page 47 off guard. Terrain traps like confined gully bottoms are frequent sites of fatal avalancheseven a small slope can pile up a significant amount of debris. Slopes lying above exposed cliffs or crevasses can also be deadly. Page 48 4 Weather Considerations If the terrain is capable of producing avalanches, the weather will provide the next set of clues to avalanche hazard.
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