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Sunday, November 1, 2009

3 Early Season Safety Notes

Each year there are numerous close calls, and sometimes a fatality or two, related to thin, early-season snowpacks. With this in mind, what can you do to avoid avalanche danger in the early season? Rather than discuss the terrain, weather, and snowpack, this post contains a few simple reminders for those of us who must transition back into "avalanche awareness mode" after a long, hot summer.
  1. Pay attention to early season avalanche danger.
  2. Assess your situational awareness skills.
  3. Plan your early season tours carefully.

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