14 Nov 2014

November 14, 2014

    Thursday morning, November 13, 2104.

    Snowmaking will be very welcome by next weekend.

    Armchair Glacier, last light.

    Sunset Thursday evening, November 14, 2014.

Weather observations for November 14, 2014; taken at 06:00 Hours.

2240 meters    -14, Winds were 20-30 KPH from the NNE
1860 meters    -12, Winds were 25-45 KPH from the W
1550 meters      -8,  Relative Humidity 40 %
  660 meters      -9, Valley Temperature, Max Temp Yest was +1.8

    'Ground Hog Day' Clear skies and unlimited visibility. Temp at 1835 was -11 this am.

For the forecast, the dry Northerly flow aloft with low level offshore flow will prevail today into early next week. A warmer air mass is moving through by Saturday evening with freezing levels rising to around 2800 meters by Sunday evening. The ridge appears to break down on Monday with unsettled weather and high freezing levels. Some very light precipitation may occur on Tuesday with warm temperatures, with freezing levels around 2800 meters. Seasonable freezing levels should return by Wednesday with light precipitation. Standby for future forecasts.

    Still clear on Sunday.

    GFS model does have some precipitation moving our way for Tuesday.

    High pressure is deflecting Pacific moisture to the South.

    The Big Picture from yesterday at 12:00 Hours.

Video Friday's:

Speed Kiting in close proximity to the GROUND: Valentin Delluc

Freaking out the hiker's: Chris Erwood

When the snowmobile gives back: Ouch
Did a rescue a number of years ago when a guy got his hand jammed into the drive mechanism for the belt. It was not a great scene, we had to cut the track off and the drive belt then reverse the drive mechanism to extract his hand and lower radius\ulna. He was lucky there was someone there to give him some good drugs!! You just never know what you will arrive too on SAR calls!!

Rocket Bike takes World Record: 333 KM/H

Have already posted this film, but worthy of a second mention: Avalanche Engineers

The Nature of Snow-CBC Production: The Nature of Things


Maintenance Document for Barryvox Avalanche Transceivers: Mammut

After all the Ambulances Go: Avalanche Safety Blog

AvaTech earns Best of Whats New 2014 Award: Popular Science

The Human Factor: Powder\BD

Ocean primed for more El Nino events: Science Daily

CAC advises against using Avalanche Beacon Smart phone apps: Gripprd

Thanks to Dan Cudlip for his intel:

Hi Wayne,
A crew of four of us overnighted at Tenquille hut Tuesday/Wednesday this week. There was about 10cm on the ground at the trailhead (on the Birken side). It took us about 2 hours to boot pack to the east side of the lake, where there was about 30cm and we switched to skinning.  We climbed to the Tenquille-Finch col and skied back down the south face on pretty wind affected and variable snow, but coverage was acceptable.

The second day we climbed to the Tenquille-Goat col. We took a short run on the Tenquille glacier, which was wind packed at the top but got better as we got lower, and then skied the 700m south facing shot back towards the cabin, which again was quite variable but again adequate coverage.

                                                                                                                                     Dan Cudlip Photo

                                                                                                               Dan Cudlip Photo

                                                                                           Dan Cudlip Phot

    Gondola evacuation training on the Excaliber.

    Selfie above the ice.

    Easy to get stuck in man made snow. Do not follow ATV Tracks. They are light.

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