April 10, 2011

South Fork Swiss Bowl

Why?  Staring at the Three Bowls avalanche, feeling the whoomphing of the basin snowpack, and pondering the question, one must come to terms with propects of avalanche.  Ephemeral powder is the eternal answer, of course.  But, is it worth dying for?  A single lap on low angle terrain, less than 30-degree slope, would be a test case. 
Failed the test.  Remotely triggering a slab, even though a small one, was not a confidence builder.  The steeper powder-covered slope just over the horizon went unskied.

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