First Avalanche Accident Of The Season Swept Hunters Over Cliff

First Avalanche Accident Of The Season Swept Hunters Over Cliff

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First Avalanche Accident Of The Season Swept Hunters Over Cliff

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In what is the first reported avalanche incident of the season, two hunters were caught in a slide just north of Sacajawea Peak in the Bridger Range just north of Bozeman Montana. The incident occured in the early morning hours on Thursday, November 5th.Sacagawea Peak

The two were carried over rock bands and cliffs but only one of the hunters involved sustained any injuries. 

According to the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, The two hunters were scrambling across the southern flank of Hardscrabble Peak when they triggered the avalanche approxiamtely 20 feet above their location. The slide was roughly 40-50 ft. wide at the time of the incident.

As of yesterday, the Avalanche Center had not begun its regular reporting. 

Photo Credit: K. Birkeland via Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center

Early Season Skiing In the Bridger Range Photo Credit: K. Birkeland via Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center

Here is the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center Incident Report:

Around 6:50am on Thursday November 5th, two hunters were walking up and over the saddle North of Sacajawea peak. They were on the shoulder of the peak to the North (often referred to as Hardscrabble) when they triggered an avalanche that broke 20 feet above them and was 40-50 feet wide. They were carried 300 feet over a series of rocks and cliffs. One Hunter was injured and went to the ER. He was released and cleared of critical injuries. We will update our website with new information in the next few days. 

For future updates visit: www.mtavalanche.com

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