Today’s educational theme is GET THE PICTURE and it’s the fourth of the five GETS. More on the GETS on the Know Before You Go video link.
Part of GETTING THE PICTURE and key to staying safe in the backcountry is recognizing RED FLAGS. Ask yourself: Have I seen any signs of recent avalanche activity on the drive to the trail head? Have I seen any on my route in the backcountry? Have I heard any whumphing? Is the snow sending out shooting cracks as I travel on it? Is the weather changing? Is it snowing rapidly? Raining? All these things are clues saying “you could trigger an avalanche today”.
Many avalanche accidents can be attributed to people missing clues that indicate that the snowpack is unstable.
It is important to look for these RED FLAGS everytime you go out.
1) Recent avalanches
2) Shooting cracks
3) Snowpack collapsing (whumpfing)
Has something changed that could have stressed the snowpack?
4) Recent snow or rain
5) Recent wind
6) Rapid temperature change
|01/31/23||Turnagain||Observation: Johnson Pass area||Megan Guinn / W Wagner Forecaster|
|01/29/23||Turnagain||Observation: Tincan Backdoor||AAS-Level 1 1/27-1/30|
|01/28/23||Turnagain||Observation: Sunburst||Brooke Edwards|
|01/28/23||Turnagain||Avalanche: Seattle Ridge||W Wagner|
|01/28/23||Turnagain||Observation: Tincan Common||Tony Naciuk|
|01/27/23||Turnagain||Observation: Sunburst||John Sykes|
|01/27/23||Turnagain||Avalanche: Lynx Creek||Megan Guinn / W Wagner|
|01/25/23||Turnagain||Observation: Cornbiscuit||John Sykes Forecaster|
|01/22/23||Turnagain||Avalanche: Tincan||Schauer/ Guinn|
|01/21/23||Turnagain||Avalanche: Seattle Ridge||Elias Holt|
Status of riding areas across the Chugach NF is managed by the Glacier and Seward Ranger Districts, not avalanche center staff. Riding area information is posted as a public service to our users and updated based on snow depth and snow density to prevent resource damage at trailhead locations. Riding area questions contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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This is a general backcountry avalanche advisory issued for Turnagain Arm with Turnagain Pass as the core advisory area. This advisory does not apply to highways, railroads or operating ski areas.