Avalanche: Valhalla Face

Observer Name
Bullwinkle and Honk Moose
Observation Date
Monday, February 8, 2016
Occurrence Date
Monday, February 8, 2016
Occurence Time
2:00pm

Region:

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
Loose Wet Snow
Weak Layer
New Snow/Old Snow Interface
Depth
unknown
Width
40
Vertical
300
Comments

Two in a foraging party on the Valhalla Face in midday.  The pair practiced wise travel protocols and stayed stayed well spaced apart since they were obviously in avalanche terrain.  They triggered a few pastry-like roller-balls and noticed some recent natural wet activity on a similar 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.  The snowball rolled down slope and initiated a wet avalanche, which did not catch or even scare either one.    

I noticed this new wet avalanche this afternoon.  It wasn'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't notice that I had captured the Moose in the shot until I enlarged it later. (Weed 2-8-2016)

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