Avalanche Cycle – January 17, 2016

Helon and I got up into Tuckerman early this morning and were treated to the sight of two fresh piles of avalanche debris and one older pile. With our avalanche eyeballs wide open, we welcome the arrival of the 2015-2016 avalanche season. The recent slides were likely from overnight or early this morning, as they were […]

Storm Thoughts – January 13, 2016

Snowfall totals as of 8:00am, January 13: Pinkham Notch 7-8″ Hermit Lake 7.5″ Mt. Washington Summit 6.1″ For more locations, the NWS publishes a public information statement spotter report or take a look at CoCoRaHS. I had a little more than 5″ at my home in Conway this morning. It’s been a lackluster start to […]

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 […]

Website Updates

What happened to the MWAC website??? Well, it’s been five years since we first moved away from to current site, and in that time much has changed, so we figured it was time to update the site. Since this fall and winter were off to such a lousy start, it gave us ample opportunities to […]

Winter knocking on the doorstep

Winter knocking on the doorstep. We’ve been busy at work with preseason tasks, one of which is to start taking and posting photos. You can see some from yesterday at our website or go direct to Flickr.

Reports were mixed of the ice climbing quality…generally OK ice, but slushy, tough bushwacking to get out of Odell, too much water in the Open Book, etc. -JL

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 […]

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