1 May 2012

Its always nice to come out of the cloud and see some shadows! That was Sunday.

At 2280 meters as of 05:00 the temperature was - 5, winds were 20-30 KPH from the SSE.
At 1550 meters the temperature was -2, 98% relative humidity and the barometer is on the rise.
In the valley it is +4.

For the updated Avalanche Advisory click here: Avalanche Advisory

Still no real activity, perhaps next week if the temperatures start to spike.

Finally some soldiers bodies have been recovered from the Siachen Glacier: Recoveries

Have you filled in the Spearhead Hut Survey??:  Spearhead Hut Survey

A very big avalanche in 1962:
Ranrahirca, Peru (1962, January 10)
On January 9, a storm drops several tons of snow onto the slopes of 22,000-foot-high Nevado de HuascarĂ¡n, the second highest mountain in South America. The next day, the fresh snow begins to melt and flow down beneath the layers of Glacier No. 511. At 6:13 p.m., about three tons of snow on the north summit breaks loose from the melting glacier and falls 3,000 feet into a gorge below. Two minutes later, after traveling one mile, tons more ice and snow wipe out the villages of Pacucco and Yanamachito, killing 800. The remnants of the village are carried down the narrow canyon, a solid wall almost 50 feet high hurtling at speeds over 100 miles an hour. A gale of compressed air pushes ahead of the mass, destroying buildings in Huaraschuco, Uchucoto, Chuquibamba, and Calla before they, too, fall prey to the avalanche. Exploding out of the canyon mouth, about 39 million feet of snow and debris cascade into the river plain and roll over Ranrahirca, burying homes, livestock, buildings, and over 2,700 people. A slight bend in the canyon diverts the avalanche, saving the city of Yungay

Yesterday in the clouds, 1400 meters and snowing.