Current Avalanche Advisory

Friday, January 30


Forecaster: Keith Stebbings
Issued: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7:08 AM PST
BOTTOM LINE: The avalanche danger is LOW for the mountains of northeast Oregon through Friday and possibly into the weekend. However, remember that your overall risk is elevated by your terrain choices. Shallow, seemingly insignificant minor wind pockets and shallow loose snow avalanches can become significant for those in severe and unforgiving terrain. The risk of a high speed ride over r...   

WAC News

Upcoming Film Festival fundraiser

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:50 AM
by Keith Stebbings

As we patiently wait out the January doldrums with springlike warmth and little new snowfall I'd like to especially thank our corporate sponsors. Hyperlinked logos of these folks who contribute fabulous donated items for the film festival fundraiser are located at the bottom of this page and every page for that matter. The festival auctions or raffles these great donations to help support us and 4 other non-profits or clubs in our community. So set aside Thursday evening February 12 6-9pm for this great event!! All the details are here: including the movie trailer!

Photo shows some of the gear you'll see there. The blue Columbia Sportswear women's jacket and solar chargers were donated by and the safety gear (gloves, probe, shovel) are from Black Diamond through their rep: Wallowa Alpine Huts has donated 2 nights for 2 people at Wing Ridge Huts and Winding Waters River Expeditions donated a 1 day river trip for 4 on the mighty Grande Ronde! Great stuff ---- see you there!

Photo courtesy of Taylor Smith who plays an instrumental role in the ECX sled dog race here in Joseph as the communications voice over HAM radio at a remote checkpoint station.

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