Entries by Frank Carus

Today’s (Friday) Rain and the Weekend outlook

This is a quick post in prelude to the afternoon “Weekend Update” which we’ll post between 3 and 6pm. The weather maker moving through the area today will give us up to 0.45-.5″ of total melt water, primarily rain in the mountains.  Currently the valleys and the summits are colder than avalanche terrain at the […]

Press release for incidents on Sunday, March 13, 2016

NEWS RELEASE USDA Forest Service                     White  Mountain National  Forest ­­­ For Immediate Release Contact: Tiffany Benna tbenna@fs.fed.us or 603.348.0078   Icy Conditions in Tuckerman Ravine Lead to Two Evacuations   On Sunday, March 14, 2016, weather on Mount Washington was in the high 20’s (F) with bright sunshine and moderate northwest winds. Rain the […]

2016: The Winter that Never Arrived

Helon and I hiked into Tuckerman Ravine this morning to survey the damage to the snowpack wrought by over an inch and a quarter of rain and two and a half days of summit temperatures near 40F. First and foremost we wanted to see how the snowpack dealt with the all the liquid. Several pits up to […]

Fall in Huntington Ravine

At approximately 12:10pm on Sunday, February 7, one member of a climbing party of three slipped while approaching a technical snow and ice climb in Huntington Ravine. The climber rapidly gained speed on the 35-40 degree snow slope beneath Central Gully and tumbled into the rocks below, sustaining non-life threatening injuries.  Two nearby parties of […]

Human-triggered avalanche incidents

Synopsis: On Sunday, January 17, a wind slab avalanche cycle on the east side of Mount Washington occurred following a period of moderate snowfall and wind. Two human-triggered avalanches occurred, one of which was widely publicized on social media and in the news. A number of factors led to the incidents which are worth looking […]

Tonight – Reel Rock 10 – Mountain Rescue Service fundraiser

Mountain Rescue Service is one of the critical volunteer organizations on whom Mount Washington Avalanche Center and the local community relies on for technical and extreme weather SAR missions. Like most rescue organizations nationwide, unpaid MRS members rely on donations for equipment, medical training expenses, etc. If you are a climber, or even if you aren’t, and you’re […]

Switching gears

Returning to the bowl today after the annual closure of the Lip began was another journey through the calculations of risk tolerance. As you may know, we have a pretty unique situation in Tuckerman Ravine where heavy skier traffic intersects with pretty intense though smaller scale mountain hazards. The high volume of visitors in terrain that is […]