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Interesting quote from Tuckerman website on Sunday's Avalanche:

ANOTHER AVALANCHE ACCIDENT OCCURED YESTERDAY IN TUCKERMAN RAVINE INVOLVING 4
PEOPLE! THAT BRINGS THE TOTAL TO 8 PEOPLE CAUGHT IN THE PAST 3 DAYS. After
being spoken about the new avalanche forecast, the upper end of
'Considerable' heading toward 'High', 4 climbers decided to check out their
climb in Tuckerman anyway. In high winds and very low visibility they moved
into the Ravine. Their accounts of the incident vary so it is hard to say
where they were exactly, but they intended to climb the 'Sluice' ice which
is between the 'Lip' and 'Right Gully'. 2 stayed on top of the debris and
were uninjured. 0ne was partially buried with only her head area buried and
sustained neck injuries. She was flown to the trauma center in Portland from
Memorial Hospital. The last climber was buried with only a hand showing and
was immeadiately dug out. He sustained only minor injuries. What is quite
interesting about the incident is that these 4 witnessed the accident 2 days
previous and helped us in the rescue! What pushed them to try climbing in an
adjacent area under worse conditions is unknown. We have found that very
often people who witness accidents or participate in tragic events stay
conservative for a long period of time. Obviously this wasn't the case in
this situation. What is most interesting about the 2 accidents is none of
the 11 people involved had any avalanche gear, but they were skilled in the
sport of climbing. Some had almost 20 years of experience, but in all those
winters never took the time to learn more about SNOW!. The medium they
travel through every time they're out! To have more fun pursuing your sport
and be around to enjoy it longer please learn about snow, stability, and how
to be safe in avalanche terrain. Once again a thank you goes to the AMC and
MRS for helping us in many ways to accomplish the rescue successfully.

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