After a dry start to the winter, snow has been falling fast and furious here in the Colorado Rockies. I was out trekking a week ago up a low peak in the Wet Mountains, trudging through snow and slogging up steep snow-covered slopes. I avoided, however, an open slope with fresh snow on an old snow slab--prime terrain for an avalanche.
Check out a new article with 8 Tips for Safe Snow Travel in the mountains. Keeping safe from avalanches requires good judgment and just plain common sense. Read my tips and pack the Ten Essentials to stay safe on your next winter climbing excursion.
Photograph above: Watch for dangerous cornices on the leeward side of mountain ridges. Photograph © Spencer Swanger