Current Avalanche Advisory

Avalanche Problems

Forecaster: Michael Hatch
Updated: 2 days ago (Thu, Dec 1)
BOTTOM LINE: The mountains of northeast Oregon are slowly accumulating snow and while there isn't enough of a base in most of the high country to make turns yet, backcountry recreationists, especially in the Elkhorn Mountains, should carefully evaluate snow-covered slopes before committing. Avoid areas of recently wind deposited snow on N-E aspects at and near ridgeline, avoid smooth or chalky looking snow pil...    Read more

WAC News

A tribute to WAC Director, Kip Rand (1986-2016)

by Julian Pridmore-Brown
Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 15:18

In the October issue of the American Avalanche Association's The Avalanche Review, WAC forecaster Michael Hatch paid tribute to his friend and colleague, Kip Rand who past away last March after a cornice fall accident in the Wallowa Mountains. The article is presented in its entirety. Thanks to the fine work of some of Kip's friends we are offering a special limited edition hat in memory of Kip. The hat features a rendition of the view Kip and his partner had on their last tour together standing at the top of the Joseph headwall. It's has a WAC logo on the side. All profits from the sale of this hat will go to the avalanche center. If you go to the "Support WAC Now" button... Read more


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