UAC Podcast - Bringing People and Ideas Together - A Conversation with Lynne Wolfe
In this episode, we sit down with Lynne Wolfe. Lynne has been a long time mountain guide for both Exum and Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, taught innumerable avalanche courses for AAI, NOLS, and Yostmark and perhaps most importantly has been the long time editor of The Avalanche Review, the publication of the American Avalanche Association. Lynne shines at bringing people and ideas together across all of the physical and psychological spectrums in the avalanche community to the benefit of all of her readers of The Avalanche Review. She says "this is my life's work. To get people to talk …Read more
Roping the Wind (Slab)
Artwork by Olaf Wieghorst - Cowboy riding horseback through a blizzard Years ago, I worked for a rancher in northeast Utah named Al Brown. Wranglers, boots, cowboy hat, the full deal. Hard saying if he was a philosopher on horseback or a cowboy who just contemplated life as is. One thing's for sure. Al never missed an opportunity to tell a story or chew on some idea. After I left the ranch, he soon began to take clients, or "dudes" up on horseback into the Blue Mountains on the eastern slope of the Uintas. One day a client, after a particularly windy day, asked Al why he never …Read more
Week in Review: March 15 - 21, 2019.
Our Week in Review highlights significant snowfall, weather, and avalanche events of the previous week. (Click here to review the archived forecasts for the Salt Lake mountains.) The danger roses for the Salt Lake mountains from Friday March 15 through Thursday March 21: Summary: A period of warming temperatures and clear skies leads to usual wet activity early in the week. South/southeast winds increase mid week ahead of a storm system that begins to move into the region. Friday March 15 - The strong sun warms up all solar aspects, and wet loose activity begins in earnest. …Read more
Week in Review: March 8 - 14, 2019.
Our Week in Review highlights significant snowfall, weather, and avalanche events of the previous week. (Click here to review the archived forecasts for the Salt Lake mountains.) The danger roses for the Salt Lake mountains from Friday March 8 through Thursday March 14: Summary: Friday March 8 - A strong cold front moved into the Wasatch on Friday afternoon, delivering yet again another over-achieving storm system dropping 8-18" in the Cottonwoods, and 6-10" in the Park City mountains. There was a natural cycle mid-afternoon during the height of precipitation intensity, with …Read more
Low Danger - Chapter 6 - A Second Personal Account of the Blue Ice avalanche
Thanks so much to Jackie for sharing her story. These stories need to be told - As told by Jackie - On Friday, January 4th 2019, after my 6th day of my new Physical Therapy clinical rotation, I headed up to Mill Creek canyon for a girl’s night/New Year’s eve resolution type gathering. A group of giggly gals and pups hiked up the trail a ways, sat in a circle, lit candles, drank hot toddies and told of our goals and fears. I shared how I was tired of my fear and anxiety of the future, I’ve never been so nervous for the upcoming, and it was debilitating to being present and …Read more
Low Danger - Chapter 5 - A Personal Account of the Blue Ice avalanche
Thanks so much to Vlad for sharing his story. These stories need to be told - As told by Vlad - Jackie and I woke up early on Saturday, January 5th, trying to beat the Wasatch traffic rat-race on a weekend. We were both excited to go skiing. She just started a new clinical rotation, and I just moved to the Salt Lake City UDOT office for my job. We needed to go in the mountains and recharge as we often do. We walked the dog, ate some breakfast, and organized our gear for the day. Checking the avalanche forecast we saw the 2nd day in a row with green on the rose compass …Read more