Aren’t for the faint of heart;
They are the epitome of “dangerous”…
But that doesn’t keep those interested in such pursuits away from the thrill they seek.
It is often pursued to their own peril.
[via Daily Mail] A 24-year-old snowboarder has been killed after triggering an avalanche in back country which officials had warned the public against using after a bout of violent snowstorms.
Alecsander Barton, originally from Michigan, was boarding from the peak of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah with two friends when he triggered an avalanche that measured 700 feet wide.
It occurred at a time when avalanche danger had been classified as ‘high’ due to heavy snowfall and loose, powdery snow.
Barton’s two friends – a snowboarder and a skier – were not caught in the snow. They called 911 and, using beacons, found his body had been carried 2,400 feet by the snow.
Barton, who was two days from his 25th birthday, was already dead.
‘It sounds like they had skinned up the side of the mountain. Once they got to the peak, something happened. An avalanche was triggered,’ police lieutenant Justin Hoyal told ABC News 4.[Read More]
Avalanches are one of Nature’s powerful monsters…
Which bow to no man, released by Mother nature on her whim.
And although no, we can never hope to bend Mother Nature to our will?
Thanks to science one day, hopefully, we will better understand them…
[via Gizmodo]While we’ve come up with ingenious methods of escaping avalanches, science still isn’t well-versed in their inner mechanics. A Montana State University researcher is trying to change that by setting off his own mini-avalanches—just, you know, indoors.
Engineering professor Ed Adams performs his research out of the Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility at MSU. The 2,700 square foot lab has been in operation since 2008, making it one of the most state-of-the art facilities of its kind.
Adams is researching the effects of radiation recrystallization when deeper snow get warmer than the powder on top and creates instability in the snow pack. For his experiments, Adams “grows” snow in specialized, -5-degree cold rooms that house small 65-degree pools of water. He blows air over the water, channeling the vapor up a chimney, and through an array of strings that collect and crystallize the vapor.
The ice crystals are then harvested and transported to an Environmental Chamber—one with a refrigerated ceiling that mimics natural snow fall. Why? Because “Once snow gets on the ground, it’s in an ongoing state of change,” Adams told Popular Science. [Read More]
And with better understanding of such change?
Hopefully we will be better equipped to keep snowboarders safe, healthy and whole…
And prevent such a tragic loss of life.
As well as able to keep them doing?
The amazing things with their snowboard, that some of them seem to do with such ease, which we all LOVE to watch with wonder & marvel!
Hopefully, that day…
Will come soon.
Rest in Peace, Alecsander Barton.