Category: Avalanche


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GEORGETOWN, Colo. – Five snowboarders were killed Saturday afternoon after apparently triggering a backcountry avalanche on Colorado’s Loveland Pass, authorities said.

Search and rescue crews recovered the bodies several hours after the slide, which was about 600 feet wide and eight feet deep, said Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger.

A sixth snowboarder caught in the avalanche was able to dig himself out and call for help, Krueger said. That person’s condition wasn’t immediately known.

The victims all had avalanche beacons, Krueger added.

Searchers from Clear Creek County, Summit County, an alpine search and rescue team and the Loveland and Arapahoe Basin ski resorts located the bodies, Krueger said.

 

The Colorado Department of Transportation closed U.S. 6, which crosses the Continental Divide near the scene of the avalanche, to facilitate the search. The pass is heavily traveled by skiers visiting nearby Arapahoe Basin ski resort.

The bodies were taken to the Clear Creek coroner’s office. The victims’ identities weren’t immediately released.

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Woman rescued after Snoqualmie Summit avalanche dies

Woman rescued after Snoqualmie Summit avalanche dies

Credit: John Langeler / KING


by KING 5 News

Posted on April 13, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Updated yesterday at 4:22 PM

 

The King County Sheriff’s Office says a female snowshoer who was rescued after an avalanche yesterday died.

Weather conditions in the area are too dangerous to continue the search for another missing person.

Initial reports said as many as three people were missing after the avalanches.

The King County Sheriff’s Office says one avalanche, at Granite Mountain, carried three snowshoers about 1,000 feet.

The two men emerged from the snow, but their friend is still missing.

At another site at milepost 50, a group of about 13 people from Sammamish went out snowshoeing. At about the 4,800 foot level, an avalanche split the group in two.

 

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Avalanche danger keeps search for missing hiker on hold

by Associated Press and KING 5 News

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 6:09 AM

Updated today at 6:18 PM

 

SEATTLE  — Rescuers for a second day have suspended a search for a hiker who has been missing since Saturday when he was caught in an avalanche in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle.

Dangerous avalanche and weather conditions prevented rescuers from searching Monday, said Sgt. Cindi West with the King County Sheriff’s Office. Rescuers hope to resume Tuesday, but by late Monday the King County Sheriff’s Office was calling it a recovery operation.

Mitch Hungate, 61, a dentist and seasoned athlete, was with two other companions Saturday afternoon when an avalanche swept them more than 1,200 feet down Granite Mountain, a 5,600-foot peak about 45 miles east of Seattle. The two hikers said the last thing they heard was Hungate say “Oh no” before the avalanche.

The two friends emerged from the snow and called for help. They tried but weren’t able to find Hungate.

“The longer the time goes on, the less chance of survival,” West said Monday morning. But “we’re not ready to say we’re in recovery mode yet.”

“I really didn’t want to leave him,” said Hungate’s wife, Marilyn. “I want to be with him until he can be here with us.”

Beverly Walker, office manager at Mitch Hungate’s dental office in Renton, said he is an incredible athlete who enjoyed competing in Ironman triathlons. “His athleticism was beyond anything anyone could comprehend,” she said.

“You know, it’s hard to hold out a glimmer of hope. I don’t know what to feel. What to think. I guess I’m still in shock,” co-worker Dr. Derek Hahn said.

 

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Today Avalanche USA State of Washington, [Snoqualmie Pass ] Damage level Details

Avalanche in USA on Sunday, 14 April, 2013 at 05:29 (05:29 AM) UTC.

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Three people were injured and one is missing after a pair of dangerous avalanches barreled down the mountain slopes near Snoqualmie Pass on Saturday amid heavy snowfall, King County Sheriff’s officials said. The first avalanche, on Granite Mountain, injured two snowshoers and left one man missing. The site is off milepost 47 on Interstate 90. “They started out, everything’s fine, they’re in a gully-type area — when they’re hit by the avalanche,” said Sgt. Katie Larson of the King County Sheriff’s Office. “One of the climbers tells me that they had no warning. The avalanche, at this point, from what he’s describing, is 30 feet wide, eight feet deep and about a quarter-mile long,” she added.


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‘I thought I was dying’: 3 hurt, 1 missing in Cascade avalanches

 

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. – Three people were injured and one is missing after a pair of dangerous avalanches barreled down the mountain slopes near Snoqualmie Pass on Saturday amid heavy snowfall, King County sheriff’s officials said.

The first avalanche, on Granite Mountain, injured two snowshoers and left one man missing. The site is off milepost 47 on Interstate 90.

“They started out, everything’s fine, they’re in a gully-type area – when they’re hit by the avalanche,” said Sgt. Katie Larson of the King County Sheriff’s Office.

“One of the climbers tells me that they had no warning. The avalanche, at this point, from what he’s describing, is 30 feet wide, eight feet deep and about a quarter-mile long,” she added.

Larson said one of the hikers was carrying a GPS device, which showed that they were carried more than 1,200 feet down the mountain in the avalanche at speeds of up to 53 mph.

One survivor has a shoulder injury, the other an injured hamstring. Both men are from the Kent-Auburn area.

They were apparently among other snowshoers up in that area who are now helping with the search for the still-missing hiker, a 60-year-old man who is also from the Auburn area.

 

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18.01.2013 Avalanche USA State of New Hampshire, [Tuckerman Ravine, Coos County] Damage level
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Avalanche in USA on Friday, 18 January, 2013 at 05:27 (05:27 AM) UTC.

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An avalanche was reported late Thursday evening at Tuckerman Ravine in North Conway, NH. Between six and nine people were said to be on the mountain at the time of the incident, several of whom were injured transported to Androscoggin Valley Hospital, according to a spokesman from Berlin Fire Department. “It seems like they are all off the mountain,” said firefighter Jonathan Larin. “I noticed that about three or four ambulances from both Gorham and Jackson were utilized.” The condition of those injured was not immediately available. The Mount Washington Avalanche Center had issued an avalanche advisory for Tuckerman Ravine on Thursday.

 

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Avalanche kills six Indian troops on Siachen glacier

by Staff Writers
Srinagar, India (AFP)

 

Thousands of soldiers from both nations endure bitter conditions on the glacier, which is dubbed “The world’s highest battleground”, due to the long-running territorial dispute.

An estimated 8,000 troops have died since 1984, almost all of them from avalanches, landslides, frostbite, altitude sickness or heart failure rather than combat.

“The avalanche struck a forward post early on Sunday morning, burying seven soldiers,” army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel J.S. Brar told AFP.

“Rescue operations were launched immediately and so far six bodies have been recovered. The rescue effort is still ongoing.”

In April 140 Pakistani soldiers were killed by a huge avalanche on Siachen.

Kashmir has been the cause of two wars between India and Pakistan and the nuclear-armed rivals fought over Siachen in 1987, though guns on the glacier have largely fallen silent since a peace process began in 2004.

 

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