Route & General Observations
HP Road Ob. We practiced companion rescue on the flats near Independence Mine so didn’t poke around on any test slopes but did take photos of several natural avalanches attached below.
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Natural soft slab and dry loose avalanches were noticed including:
A D1 and D2 soft slab avalanche on the NE aspect of Peak 4068
A partially filled in D2 soft slab avalanche on the SW face of Marmot that was not noticed on our tour Sunday and must have happened sometime Monday or Tuesday.
Several slides along the NE aspect of Hatch Peak
Dry Loose sluffs from rocks along SE aspects of Skyscraper
Obvious signs of instability
|Recent Avalanches?||Yes||Collapsing (Whumphing)?||No||Cracking (Shooting cracks)?||No|
Several natural avalanches observed from the recent storm. No natural avalanche activity occurred during our tour from 1200-1500 hrs.
4-5" of new snow on the road when we drove up (which got plowed at 1300). Light wind from N (cold!), clear skies.
On the flats near the parking lot intact stellar dendrites could be seen on the snow surface, which was much more settled than our previous tour Sunday. Texturing on the snow surface from wind could be seen in the alpine along most peaks. At lower elevations (HAX lot), snow was generously covering the alders and trees, evidence of little or no wind.