Snow cave build
Experience for Yourself  the dangerousness of an avalanche: Make a snow cave. At the surface only loose snow, but more and more hard snow in the depth.  

Snow cave build

Experience for Yourself the dangerousness of an avalanche: Make a snow cave. At the surface only loose snow, but more and more hard snow in the depth.

Some weeks earlier on the 12th March near a footpath in the mountain Untersbeg.

Already in about 70 cms deep the snow was so steady that the grave tools, a plastic container for ice failed.

The next experiment: make a horizontal cave by stomping with the feet. Easy at 30 cms under the surface. Impossible at 70 cms deep.
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The big snow amounts in winter, 2005 released unusually strong avalanches. Trees below the waterfall annual-tenth long grewing had been mowed down.




  In 2005 avalanche in the waterfall on the mountain Untersberg


The big snow amounts in winter, 2005 released unusually strong avalanches. Trees below the waterfall annual-tenth long grewing had been mowed down.

Waterfall on the west side of the mountain Untersberg Waterfall on the west side of the mountain Untersberg
Several snow fields are connected in a channel. In the lower quarter of the picture the waterfall and under it the avalanche cone when not water but snow tumbled down.


Avalanche departure: tree stump Avalanche departure: tree stump
Not cuted by people but by an avalanche. Behind it the waterfall from where the avalanche came down. These photos make the chances of survival in an avalanche comprehensible.


Avalanche effect: twisted tree Avalanche effect: twisted tree
The avalanche departure with the waterfall in the west side of the mountain Untersberg bent this tree so strongly that he burst in the mountain direction.






Height of the avalanche: broken branches till 5-m height
Only above 5 ms the branches got over the avalanche departure. Everything under it either broken or in direction of the avalanche bent. Avalanche damage: uprooted tree
The roots have broken off in immediate nearness of the tree. So far about the idea to hide behind a tree to escape an avalanche. Avalanche damages: tree uproots
The age of the tree shows that it was possible here annual-tenth long to grow. Only the big snow amounts from 2005 led to the destructive avalanche. Strength of an avalanche: ruptured tree
What is a stronger? A car with 150 km/h or an avalanche? To me are known  no  destructions like this caused by car accidents. Tempo of a Lwaine: edge broken
This tree stood over half of this concrete hut for the water supply. The avalanche broke off the tree so fast that he broke off with the impact a second time at the edge. Snow cave build
Experience for Yourself  the dangerousness of an avalanche: Make a snow cave. At the surface only loose snow, but more and more hard snow in the depth.


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