Southeast Russell Slide – December 11, 2013

The middle of the apron on SE Russell┬áslid fairly large at about 1pm this afternoon. Triggered by three people who intended to ice climb the waterfall in the middle of the face, from near the shadow-line in this picture. It’s incredible that the three people were able to walk away with no major damage. All three were without beacons or any other avy gear. Two of the three were taken for a several hundred yard ride from near the top of the path to near the toe.

A couple friends of mine saw the carnage from the ridge near the top of the west side and radioed to my buddy Richard and I who were about to start skinning up Second Creek. We drove over to the Pumphouse trailhead and headed up following their track towards the base of SE Russell. By the time we got to them they were already en route down and were shaken up but otherwise unharmed.

Be safe out there! And remember … if you do screw up, make sure you get lucky. The alternative isn’t pretty.

SE Russell Slide - Dec 2013

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  1. john
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    just discovered your blog. Nice! I have seen people parking on the north side of the loveland resort exit and skinning up. Do you know what this area is called and do have any info on it? Trying to figure out what the terrain is like and if it is avy prone.

    • Posted December 11, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

      Hey John,

      The area you”re asking about is Dry Gulch and Mt. Trelease. I don”t have a ton of info but you can find some shots and discussion here: Teton Gravity: “Official Dry Gulch Thread”

      I”ve got a couple lines from there posted on the site, mostly as a “to-do” list of sorts for myself. But if you get out and get shots send ”em over and I”ll post ”em up, give you credit, and shoot you a link to an archive page of all your shots.

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