The Pit

 

There’s always a lot written in the daily avalanche advisory, but there’s usually much more discussion that can’t possibly fit. So after a few months of back and forth we’ve decided to carve out a spot here online to accomodate that overflow of information. Somedays it will be a short video, maybe a paragraph discussing hoar frost or how graupel is affecting stability.  And then on other times we just have something interesting about the mountain that’s pent up inside itching to get out and The Pit, a hole dug to seek information and answers to questions, is the best place to let it sing.   So….welcome to “The Pit“.

Chronology of an incident report

Chronology of an incident report

Often when an avalanche incident takes place, or other search and rescue for that matter, the information that we have available to us changes over time. In some cases, we want to get information out to the public before we have the complete picture of what actually happened. This is exactly how the latest avalanche […]

Early winter mountain hazards are real….

Each year we grapple with the question of when to start posting avalanche advisories for the Cutler River drainage and this year is no different. We see storms on the horizon and check out bed surface sizes and then discuss the pro and cons of starting to post advisories. Typically MWAC starts out by posting a General Advisory […]

Images from Avalanche in SE Snowfields

Images from Avalanche in SE Snowfields

Image of debris field from near the toe of the avalanche 2 images overlaid to better understand the size with respect to Tuckerman Ravine.

Southeast snowfields avalanche, Saturday, 3-29-2014

Southeast snowfields avalanche, Saturday, 3-29-2014

On March 29, 2014, USFS Snow Rangers received a radio call from the Harvard Mountaineering Club caretaker that a large avalanche occurred on the Southeast slope of the “Summit Cone” of Mount Washington. Weather conditions on this Saturday were in and out of the clouds with temperatures around 30F . Being the first nice day after […]

Time Lapse of Tuckerman Ravine

For those who have never visited Tuckerman Ravine, here is a short introduction to the types of weather that you’re likely to encounter. Everything from bright bluebird days to stormy wind driven snow can be found here. If you look carefully you can even see people walking around. These images were made at 5 minute […]

Volunteer opportunities for MWAC and WMNF

Volunteer opportunities for MWAC and WMNF

UPDATE 3/8/2014: Thanks to everyone who has responded to this outreach effort. We are still looking for a sign maker (see PDF below), but the other opportunities have been filled. If you have a desire to help out in the White Mountain National Forest, we are always looking for good people. At the Androscoggin District, […]