Tag: Avalanche

Do Be That Guy – Voice Your Concerns in Avalanche Terrain

It finally happened. I had to be “That Guy”. I had to voice my concerns in avalanche terrain and just say no. In my particular experience on this day, our group leader…

Mistakes I’ve Made in Avalanche Terrain

I've made some serious mistakes in avalanche terrain, and I knew damn well they were bad ideas at the time I made them. Thankfully, nobody was hurt—but they could have been. In…

The Anatomy of a Search and Rescue Call Out in BC

SAR Managers frequently dispatch a small initial strike-team to respond rapidly via helicopter, which resolves most responses within a short period of time. This rapid-deployment unit will include an avalanche technician, a…

Tequila Mockingbird? Choice Summer Reading for Sledders

While you may be all aboard that cabin-country life, don’t let your train of thought get stalled at the station this summer. Here is some iron-clad summer reading, just the ticket to…

Hidden Danger: the Hazards of Snowmobiling on a Glacier or Icefield

Sledders are now pushing deeper into the mountains than ever before, and in doing so, gaining access to the remote and breathtaking glaciers and icecaps of BC. Accidents can be avoided when…

BC Courts Weigh in on Tether and Other Backcountry Liability Issues

A precedent-setting decision was made in BC courts recently in the case of an incident involving mountain sledders. In it, an Alberta snowmobiler was found to be 100% liable for damages to…

Alpine Assassins Rider Luke Rohde Dies in Avalanche on Mount Baker

With sadness, we announce the passing of well-known mountain rider Luke Rohde, who died in an avalanche on Mount Baker, Washington on March 10, 2018.

Snowmobiler dies in Sheep Creek avalanche, Idaho

In tragic news, a snowmobiler has died following a Sheep Creek avalanche, near Palisades Reservoir, Idaho. Bonneville County Sheriff's Search & Rescue...

Avalanche Start Zone – You Might Be in Harm’s Way and Not Even Know It

A group of five riders was lingering directly in the runout of several large avalanche paths, unaware of the danger above them in the avalanche start zone.

Complex Snowpack and the Potential for Remotely-Triggered Avalanches

The current complex snowpack in Interior BC is beginning to show its very ugly teeth, with the potential for large, remotely-triggered avalanches.