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A blast! New avalanche control technology

Postby Diggler » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:58 pm

http://tas.groupemnd.com/en/gazex/gazex.html

Click on the 'videos' link to see it in action. Cool!
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Postby MarthaP » Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:35 am

I know some folks that, with a couple of bean burritos and a sixer, could accomplish the same thing for a LOT less money. :lol:

Fire in the hole!!!
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Postby Diggler » Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:26 am

MarthaP wrote:I know some folks that, with a couple of bean burritos and a sixer, could accomplish the same thing for a LOT less money. :lol:

Fire in the hole!!!


:lol: :lol:
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Postby PellucidWombat » Fri Sep 18, 2009 1:47 am

seems a tad intrusive, visually, although I wonder if it is better in terms of pollution?
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Postby nattfodd » Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:52 am

Same reaction here, it looks awfully ugly and intrusive.
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Postby Hotoven » Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:21 pm

It does look ugly, but I think its a good idea for highly populated areas where inexperienced people may become victimized of avalanches very easily.
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Postby Diggler » Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:09 pm

Dingus Milktoast wrote:You're thread title says new but the web site says since 1988. A decent I do frequently on Red Lake Peak passes right next to one of these things (right over the highway). That thing has been there for 10 years at least?

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Perhaps it's just my ignorance, but it's my impression that this technology (& technology in general) takes awhile to overtake the previous way of doing things. I just discovered it after finding out that this system is going to be installed near Lee Vining, where it was not used before. Regardless of how 'new' it is, I'd guess that many people who frequent areas where this would be employed are/were unaware of it.
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Postby John Duffield » Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:29 pm

So here's a place that looks like a likely candidate for installation

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Postby mconnell » Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:39 pm

John Duffield wrote:So here's a place that looks like a likely candidate for installation



Ruin your whole day if you skied under that at the wrong time.
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Postby PellucidWombat » Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:25 pm

fku wrote:Already installed


Ewwwwww. I'd throw a fit if I ever saw those things in the Wasatch.

I wonder what is worse?: the visual pollution of these devices, or the cons of using explosives and howitzer shells, which leave less visible traces but still litter the slopes and possibly add to water pollution.

Perhaps a better (albeit more expensive solution) is to just build more avalanche sheds over roadways (although they are HELL to cycle through). Buildings can be constructed to deflect and resist the flows of avalanches as well, it just isn't cheap.
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