Avalanche: Smith-Moorehouse

Observer Name
Weston Deutschlander
Observation Date
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Avalanche Date
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Region
Smith-Moorehouse
Location Name or Route
Smith Moorehouse
Elevation
9,800'
Aspect
East
Trigger
Natural
Avalanche Type
Hard Slab
Avalanche Problem
Wind Drifted Snow
Depth
8'
Width
80'
Vertical
500'
Comments
Very wind loaded pocket that ripped out with the first sun of the day.  Ran further than we thought that area would.
Comments
Today was one of those days where we realized how lucky we got. While we were very aware of what was overhead, we didn't think we were in danger. This ripped out about 1/2 hr-45min after we skinned by it.  This slide covered our skin track.  It would not have buried us, but it would have for sure knocked us over or roughed us up in passing. Sobering. 

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