Route & General Observations
Skinned up west aspect to ~300ft above treeline and dug a snowpit 1700ft. With warming temps and rapidly rising instability, especially on south facing terrain we stayed to low angle terrain on top of an elevated medial moraine towards the center of the bowl we were in. Skied down from our high point at 2200ft.
|Trigger||Natural||Avalanche Type||Wet Loose Snow||Aspect||South Southwest|
|Elevation||2700ft||Slope Angle||40deg||Crown Depth||10in|
Lots of point release R1D1 avalanches and rollerballs actively avalanching as we approached our high point on South Aspects. We avoided potential runout zones by staying on a medial moraine feature well away and elevated above slide paths.
Obvious signs of instability
|Recent Avalanches?||Yes||Collapsing (Whumphing)?||No||Cracking (Shooting cracks)?||No|
6-8in of new snow in past 2 days. N wind 5-10 knots
Noticeable wind loading on south aspect from recent high N winds. Light melt-freeze crust from yesterday
The layer of concern lies in the top 20cm of the snowpack. Another weak layer is below the top layer down another 30cm. Jamie and I dug pits close to one another and observed similar snow pack and test results.