The storm and cold

Storm in the mountains — a wind of great strength with sharp gusts. Storm may be snow and snow-free. Even in canyons force storms not only very noticeable, but it makes sometimes take drastic measures of protection. The greater the height, and the lower the temperature, the greater the force of the storm, the greater the danger. Severe frost in calm weather is transferred more easily than the weak cold strong wind.

Often without snow storm rages in a very clear day. Then the bottom of the gorge, you can see the storm raging on the mountain tops, the so-called "flags", or, as some say, "Smoking tops" when snow dust blown by the wind from the ridges and peaks and turns downwind.

On the crests of ridges or individual open. Ledges storm manifests itself particularly treacherous, going almost completely windless air climber gets a sudden jolt, which is enough to knock people off their feet. Storm can cause rockslides and avalanches.

Even more dangerous blizzard. Fighting the storm in the mountains — it's mostly fighting a cold, and it follows that the best defense is rather warm and windproof clothing. If it is impossible to continue the movement of the indispensable service will stall, if not a tent, it is necessary to dig in the snow or icy cave, on a glacier you can dip into a shallow crack, after checking the reliability of its bottom, you can take refuge in an ice cave, the rocks are best to hide in a niche or fold cover of stones. It is necessary at the beginning of the storm to put on the entire stock of warm clothes. At the bivouac got to stick together, huddled close to each other, and in any case not to leave alone.

If necessary, continue on the path it is necessary to avoid a storm crests of ridges and some open ledges, not to be thrown down a strong gust of wind. Avoid the windward side, which is better to choose the more difficult area, but protected from the wind. Particular attention should be paid to the care care, to the possibility of rock falls and avalanches. If the climbers were unrelated, they need to contact.

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