September snow in the Rockies

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September snow in the Rockies

Post by adamschneider » September 8th, 2020, 10:42 pm

Meanwhile, along the Continental Divide...


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Re: September snow in the Rockies

Post by bushwhacker » September 18th, 2020, 4:08 pm

Your map shows that the most snow fell in the Wind River Range. As one might expect over the Labor Day holiday and the bookend days this created havoc. ... __tn__=K-R

The moral to the story on most of these rescue calls was lack of preparation for an area like that. Going lite weight in high elevation areas hoping the weather says great, not taking the time to acclimatize for the high elevation and climbing in high winds (gee what could possibly go wrong here). Didn't see a one where they got a call from someone being lost.

I have been over to the Wind's a bunch of times and all of these rescue calls were in places that were close to well traveled trails so a lack of maps or gps tracks shouldn't have been an issue or a bailout trailhead being some what close if the weather is predicted to turn bad (I don't think this was a surprise storm much like we knew about the winds from the same storm here days in advance). Thankfully no one died and that SAR group over there appears to have this tourist rescue stuff down to a science.

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