Flash floods

07 Jul 2016 10:10 - 07 Jul 2016 15:31 #69072 by AdrianT
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You hear about them, you rarely see them, but they happen:



I've been on two different rivers where the level rose a metre in under 5 minutes here in the Western Cape. Steep mountains with a big catchment - scary stuff. I've had a friend standing in a dry river bed when it came down like a wall I am told...about 800mm high, but still plenty to knock you down. And a chap in Columbia was sleeping on a ledge several metres up from the river when the river rose super fast. Mark died that day, his mate made it:
www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Accident/detail/accidentid/3632/

Anyone had any experience with flash floods?
Last edit: 07 Jul 2016 15:31 by AdrianT. Reason: Fix video link and grammar.
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07 Jul 2016 12:25 #69082 by Biomech
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That's a pretty scary and spectacular spot.

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07 Jul 2016 18:02 #69086 by Papa Dragon
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That video is hectic, and the speed of the flood scary...
Ship's Prow a good few years ago...

Any idea of the background to the vid?

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11 Jul 2016 13:00 #69103 by AdrianT
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Papa Dragon wrote: That video is hectic, and the speed of the flood scary...
Ship's Prow a good few years ago...

Any idea of the background to the vid?


What happened at Ship's Prow?

No idea to the background but looks like it could have been worse :eek:

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11 Jul 2016 13:50 #69104 by Papa Dragon
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Some hikers were killed when the river flooded. I can't find any reference to it on the net now,
and I know there was some speculation as to whether they were walking or camped at the time.
Maybe someone will find a link and post it..

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11 Jul 2016 13:55 #69105 by Papa Dragon
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11 Jul 2016 14:04 #69106 by AdrianT
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Jeepers that is bone chilling. A truly horrible story.

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11 Jul 2016 17:53 #69107 by Papa Dragon
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Really sobering....

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11 Jul 2016 21:30 #69111 by Stijn
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At the risk of repetition for those who have been on here for a while, this is what the final gully of Ifidi Pass does in a summer storm... bone dry to waterfalls cascading down the side-walls in just 10 minutes!

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12 Jul 2016 12:40 #69118 by ghaznavid
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Reminds me of the story on the Hilton Pass thread, where the team was forced to bivy below the 3rd pitch in a narrow gully. I seem to recall along the lines of "if it rained, we probably would have died".
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