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McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Jun 21, 2013 - 03:09am PT
From 2007;

http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/mountain-news-canmore-planning-climate-change-centre/Content?oid=2159229
Malemute

Ice climber
the ghost
Jun 21, 2013 - 10:34am PT

Bragg Creek house washes away
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Jun 21, 2013 - 03:52pm PT
Parts of Calgary are flooding now. Downtown has been evacuated as the Bow has flooded. 100,000 people have been evacuated from their homes (all areas near the Bow and Elbow Rivers)
This has happened incredibly fast and is raining hard again. The rivers MAY be at their high point but we will see.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jun 21, 2013 - 04:04pm PT
Best thoughts are with you guys.......
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jun 21, 2013 - 04:12pm PT
This is crazy. Best wishes to all that are there, Riley I hope ur family comes out ok. Jstod too, good luck guys.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Jun 21, 2013 - 04:12pm PT
Between the climbing community and my office branch is Calgary, plenty of reasons to cross my fingers and toes for you. Just heard the the employees in Calgary are OK - and invited them to come to PDX for refuge.
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Jun 21, 2013 - 04:14pm PT
Luckily I live on high ground. Most of the city is 30+ meters above the river valleys but many low areas are toast right now.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jun 21, 2013 - 05:32pm PT
My heart goes out to the residents -- and people who know residents, like Riley -- there. Pretty powerful imagery.

John
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 21, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
It is disgusting how little press this has received. There was a pic in the LA Times today but I've seen nothing on the so-called Weather Channel
or CNN.
ecflau

Gym climber
CA
Jun 21, 2013 - 08:10pm PT
Riley - can you go North through Jasper, Rocky Mountain House, then HWY 2?

Sad pictures... supposed to go there next week. Guess climbing is out.
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Jun 21, 2013 - 08:22pm PT
ecflau, ^ apparently the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Saskatchewan River Crossing is closed right now.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jun 21, 2013 - 08:23pm PT
No doubt Reilly. I was hoping to see what was going on at lunch and there was nothing, but lots of talk about tropical depressions in Mexico. WTF

BTW we have been getting some crazy weather around here today on a much smaller scale, but there was 4.5 inch diameter hail. That is a big chunk of ice falling out of the sky.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jun 21, 2013 - 08:27pm PT
http://www.eldoradocountyweather.com/satellite/ssec/wide-view-us-pacific-asia-sat.html
ecflau

Gym climber
CA
Jun 21, 2013 - 08:36pm PT
Damn that sucks. I'm hearing the worst of it will be tonight or tomorrow morning. Some of the damns may have release some water to take the pressure off or something?
ecflau

Gym climber
CA
Jun 21, 2013 - 08:41pm PT
Cool thanks Reiley.

Dumb question, but would climbing there in 10 days be sketchy? I hear its a bit chossy there... never climbed in the Canadian Rockies, just Yosemite granite...
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jun 21, 2013 - 09:02pm PT
Pics of Calgary, lifted from Google Images. TV is irrelevant unless you are only interested in local news.

Credit: Google

Credit: Google

Credit: Google

Credit: Google

Credit: Google

Credit: Google
ecflau

Gym climber
CA
Jun 21, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
Thanks Bruce and all... hope you are all safe. I grew up there and spent the majority of my life there, really shocking to see those pictures right now.
Malemute

Ice climber
the ghost
Jun 21, 2013 - 09:48pm PT
I hear its a bit chossy there... never climbed in the Canadian Rockies, just Yosemite granite...
The locals have a saying ...
Anybody can climb granite; it takes a man to climb limestone
but this is a bit of an exaggeration.
Some of the local rock is truly choss; some is quite good ... by local standards
You should ask around; there are some climbs that are very solid.
Most locals are friendly & won't give you a bum steer.
Most of the routes on Yamnuska are solid because it gets climbed enough that the loose stuff gets kicked off.


I always thought those overhead walkways were because of the -40 winters; but now I see they also serve to keep your feet dry.
nah000

climber
canuckistan
Jun 21, 2013 - 10:37pm PT
nenshi [calgary mayor extraordinnaire] just mentioned on the ctv news that city officials are preparing for two outcomes regarding the bow river.

the first and most likely being that the bow river flow, while essentially at its max, will not reduce for quite a few hours.

the second being that there might be upstream "events" [he specifically mentioned the minnewanka dam near banff] that cause another surge in flow rates. in the latest media scrum he's called the likelihood of this happening as "not unlikely". nice and vague as i'm sure it has to be.

hmmm...

nenshi quoted 1700 m3/s as being the current rough bow river flow rate. for reference the 2005 flood had peak bow river flow rates of about 800 m3/s [these numbers are at calgary prior to the confluence with the elbow].

having been here in 2005, as well, and being under the belief that that was essentially a 1 in 100 or so year event, both the numbers and the pictures this go round are quite mind boggling.
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Jun 21, 2013 - 11:21pm PT
I was told the Bow used to flood 100 years ago before dams and control.
Cougar Creek is amazing. It is usually a little stream but where it exits the canyon near the houses it goes onto a 300 meter wide floodplain with lots of big boulders. If it flooded only once every 500 years most of this area should have grown back with trees. The geological evidence is that it floods regularly in a big way. The house at the head of the canyon (the big one being eroded away in one of the films) supposedly belongs to the developer who built the subdivision on the floodplain. Maybe there is justice in the world.
When will city authorities stop issuing building permits on floodplains? Makes you think of the North Carolina vacation homes built on barrier islands. Ask any geologist what barrier islands do over time. They are constantly being eroded and deposited elsewhere. It is lunacy to build homes on them
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