February 22, 2011
Over the long weekend the sun came out here in the Pacific Northwest for the first time in quite awhile – and right in time for a big 3-day weekend!
The summit, fresh powder, the long drive, or meeting up with friends are all “human factors” that can contribute poor decision making when traveling in the backcountry in the winter.
Greg and I set out to meet-up with our descending Winter Seminar on Saturday but were happy to call 6000ft. our “high point” on Saturday after seeing the tail end of a small avalanche at Panorama Point; an important reminder to all climbers, skiers or snowshoers inside Mt. Rainier National Park to not let the “human factor” cloud your judgement – at even the lowest of elevations.
More snow coming…