Avalanche poodles

Is your new ski buddy a dog?

Data suggests that actually getting caught in an avalanche is relatively low, being a competent avalanche decision maker should reduce this chance even more. And yet this season in France, like previous years, the vast majority of fatalities have involved either groups accompanied by professionals or experienced backcountry travellers. So are you incompetent but lucky? Or competent but unlucky? Research suggests the difference is minimal.

Posted by davidof on the 15 March 2018

Other Posts

  1. Piste patroller injured by avalanche
  2. Black weekend in the French Mountains
  3. Two Spanish ski tourers killed in Hautes-Pyrenees avalanche
  4. Mountain rescue warn skiers after avalanche death in la Grave

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Trip Reports

Couloir Virgule before Carmen

The weather service announced a window from 10 to 2 pm, just before the arrival of storm Carmen. It had snowed overnight but only about 15cm. With the heavy rain at the weekend the snow depths have reduced from 70 to 30cm at 1000m but still enough to tour as it is relatively dense but somewhat discontinuous in the Chartreuse forests.

Posted by davidof on the 2018-01-01

Other Reports

  1. Fantom Village
  2. Christmas Lunch
  3. Phantom Village and Canyon
  4. Training


Scia NW Couloir

Follow the trail to the habert d'Aiguebelle (refuge, renovated in 2008 but closed). Take the path that climbs on the left bank of the valley and after 150 meters turn to the south-east to climb through a glade (pt 1500m - ravin de Muret).

Posted by davidof on the 20 March 2017

Other Routes

  1. Mont Noir les Coulmes
  2. Orionde NW face
  3. Cime de la Jasse, north couloirs
  4. Point Arpire

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