Photo # 1. 
A gigantic...

Photo # 1. A gigantic...

Photo # 1.
A gigantic avalanche starts from the upper reaches of G II and III. The face is about two km wide, so you can imagine the size of this, almost flying avalanche. There were loads of people on the normal route on the ridge to the left in the photo. Some, who were quite low on the ridge got a real scare and the avalanche wind was really hard they said.
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on Sep 19, 2005 8:43 pm
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Corax - Sep 20, 2005 4:59 am - Hasn't voted

Re: amazing photo!

Thanks Lolli!

You feel very small when those white monsters come crashing down the hills. Once, close to Batura I, I thought it was over. Some huge boulders stopped it almost 200m away though.


Corax - Sep 20, 2005 6:29 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Corax...


It was a very silent and calm day, so the sound from the avalanche felt very loud.

It started with a very loud snapping sound, which immediately went into a roar, which felt deafening. Along the the way down the wall, there was a lot of loud "banging" sounds, probably from snapping seracs.


Corax - Sep 20, 2005 11:32 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Corax...

Hmmm, I don't know how many seconds, but if I have to guess, I would say 15-20.

Usually when big ones like this one is coming down, you 1). Try to get away fast! or 2). Take a lot of photos.

The area is a trail to the summit of GIII?

No, fortunately, it's not on the main route. Have a look at the route page photo. There you can see the route is on the ridge to the left. The climbers who were on "The Balcony" (2 on the photo), got a lot of wind, powder snow drift and a real scare.


tphubbard - Jul 29, 2006 1:09 pm - Voted 10/10

Best of the sequence

Best of the sequence of three I think - especially when the previous photo showing the climbers is taken in. Is the route very threatened? Surely avalanches as huge as this sometimes drift to the spur on the left?


Corax - Aug 22, 2006 12:11 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Best of the sequence

I also like this photo best.
The route is not threatened by the avalanches on the face in between the two ridges. It's not really visible on the photos, but the ridge is high above the danger zone.
On this photo you can see how far it is down to the snow fields on the face. Probably 150-200m and another 400m to the glacier below.

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