Sunday, January 27, 2013

Avalance Danger

With this heavy new snowfall on top of the ice that the lousy freezing rain storm left us on Thursday, there is a serious risk of avalanches right now.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE be careful if/when you go into the back country.  Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back, don't deviate from your plan.  Use your avalanche beacons, if you don't have beacons please rent some from USU ORP.  You can find them by clicking on the following link.

http://www.usu.edu/camprec/htm/orp/gearrentals

There has already been at least one avalanche death in Utah this year.  And we certainly don't a want a repeat of this tragedy.  I don't care if you are a climber, hiker, snowmobiler, cross country skiier, or in-bounds skiier at a resort.  I don't care if you've been doing this for 5, 10, 20, 40 years.  Because the snow and the mountain don't care who you are or what you think you know.

Get training and always check conditions with the Utah Avalanche Center.  Never go alone, use common sense, stay on safe routes, don't take risks, and come home alive.

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