The middle of the apron on SE Russell slid 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.