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Avalanche: Valhalla Face

Observer Name
Bullwinkle and Honk Moose
Observation Date
Monday, February 8, 2016
Avalanche Date
Monday, February 8, 2016
Region
Valhalla Face
Location Name or Route
Valhalla Face, off Beirdneau Ridge
Elevation
7500
Aspect
South
Slope Angle
Unknown
Trigger
Natural
Trigger: additional info
Unintentionally Triggered
Avalanche Type
Wet Loose
Avalanche Problem
Wet Snow
Weak Layer
New Snow/Old Snow Interface
Depth
unknown
Width
40
Vertical
300
Comments
<p>Two&nbsp;in a foraging party on the Valhalla Face in midday. &nbsp;The pair practiced wise travel protocols and stayed stayed well spaced apart since they were obviously in avalanche terrain. &nbsp;They&nbsp;triggered a few pastry-like roller-balls and noticed some recent natural wet activity&nbsp;on a similar&nbsp;adjacent slope, and they were just starting to reevaluate their route when Honk started a large snowball rolling while pawing for fresh grass shoots around a sage. &nbsp;The snowball rolled down slope and initiated a wet avalanche, which did not catch or even scare either one.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><em>I noticed this new wet avalanche this afternoon. &nbsp;It wasn&#39;t there when I came up canyon, but occurred within about a half hour. I took some photos of the fresh slide from a distance and didn&#39;t notice that I had captured the Moose in the shot until I enlarged it later.&nbsp;(Weed 2-8-2016)</em></p>
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