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    Mt Washington avy fatality April 11, 2019

    Most complete account as of the day of the fatality is posted here:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BwIxTQuhvob/

    Note that this line is skied rather infrequently -- usually requires cutting right into some very steep trees, as the "Cataract" becomes an icefall in the winter.
    (We happened to be talking with a solo skier this morning who was thinking about skiing it, but I have no idea if this was the victim as the name has not yet been released.)
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    Oh wow super bummer.

    I cant imagine going from avy search to rescue to cadiac arrest to cpr to fatality to posting info about it on insty that quick. You can hear it in his voice. Someone give that ranger a hug.
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    Here are some better pictures of the crown. In the third picture you can see where the avalanche occurred in the center gully which is the Ravine of Raymond's Cataract. You can see Tuckerman Ravine to lookers left and Huntington Ravine to lookers right.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BwI3l-cn8Au/

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    Whoa...that's sad and tragic. RIP.
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    R.I.P.
    I have a co-worker who was just there and I was mentioning how things seems pretty serious right now. He was pretty taken aback when he heard the news; I'm worried he might not have realized the potential risks.

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    he mentioned there was another slide the day before too.
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    Thatís awful news. R.I.P.


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    I don't live there but it seems a bit early to be at Tuckermans....

    RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
    I don't live there but it seems a bit early to be at Tuckermans....

    RIP
    There are mid winter periods where people ski safely up there. This day was not one of them apparently.
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    This poor fucking guy was buried for an hour and a half to two hours before being extricated and was still breathing. I hope he was knocked unconscious. What an absolutely horrific way to go.

    I hope the reporting party tried to locate someone. If they didn't that would be a shame.

    RIP and shred the sky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raisingarizona13 View Post
    This poor fucking guy was buried for an hour and a half to two hours before being extricated and was still breathing. I hope he was knocked unconscious. What an absolutely horrific way to go.

    I hope the reporting party tried to locate someone. If they didn't that would be a shame.

    RIP and shred the sky.
    for real. brutal, and RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisingarizona13 View Post
    This poor fucking guy was buried for an hour and a half to two hours before being extricated and was still breathing. I hope he was knocked unconscious. What an absolutely horrific way to go.
    This. An hour and a half. Absolutely horrific. My worse nightmare times 10 million.

    RIP

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    Here's the best article so far:
    https://vtskiandride.com/skier-kille...mt-washington/

    Some minor corrections though:

    According to Randi Minetor, author of Death on Mount Washington: Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness on the Northeastís Highest Peak, published in 2018, 13 people have died in avalanches on Mt. Washington since 1849, when data first was recorded regularly.
    Does anyone here have the book -- I'm curious which fatality is being omitted?
    (My list already excludes one avalanche-related death that I really don't think is an avalanche fatality.)


    In mid-February, an experienced ice climber died after a long sliding fall in Huntington Ravine, which lies just beyond the gully that houses Raymond Cataract.
    Experienced rock climber, but not ice climber. (Got into climbing while obtaining his neuroscience PhD in Australia.)
    This was most likely the key factor in the incident.


    "The conditions on Thursday actually were not that great,Ē said Drummond who did skin up and ended up descending frozen and dust-covered snow.
    Conditions yesterday were highly variable -- perfect corn in some places, perfect winter snow in other places (with both of the preceding even in the same short lap!), plus some decidedly imperfect snow in other places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raisingarizona13 View Post
    There are mid winter periods where people ski safely up there. This day was not one of them apparently.
    Lots of options there yesterday in the various ravines for skiing was very safe, very enjoyable, and easily accessible.
    (Raymond Cataract though was not one of them -- which is what I tried to convince him of, although admittedly I didn't try very hard.)
    For those stuck in the Northeast, check out the NE Rando Race Series and my avalanche course. (For other avalanche course providers anywhere, feel free to use any of my "homework" assignments for your own courses too.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan S. View Post
    Lots of options there yesterday in the various ravines for skiing was very safe, very enjoyable, and easily accessible.
    (Raymond Cataract though was not one of them -- which is what I tried to convince him of, although admittedly I didn't try very hard.)
    Ugh. Sorry to hear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFugitive View Post
    Oh wow super bummer.

    I cant imagine going from avy search to rescue to cadiac arrest to cpr to fatality to posting info about it on insty that quick. You can hear it in his voice. Someone give that ranger a hug.
    My thoughts exactly. I'm sorry to hear about this. RIP to the deceased.

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    gnarly, i skied that my first time on that hill.

    we got into some shit, young.

    brave solo effort.

    rip in peace.

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    Do not ski alone. This guy might still be alive if he had a partner.
    RIP

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    R.I.P. Nicholas D. Benedix, 32, of Campton NH
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    ^you don't need to be in a bad mood, it is not your job.

    he caught himself slippin. call you tomorrow.


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    i ski alone all the fucking time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byates1 View Post
    i ski alone all the fucking time.
    same, this stuff does give me pause to think tho.

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    no grizz left anyway.

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    Wonder if he had a glock

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