Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Bear Valley

Route & General Observations

Skinned up the valley to the gully at the end it. Fog bellow us, and a few clouds that gave way to clear skies. Winds did show its signs.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

On the bottom of the valley heard a loud whumphing when on top of some alders. Then heard another small one at a close location. My best bet is that there was a refreeze layer beneath us. There was a few obvious wind slabs up high on the gully too but easy to avoid them

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Not as cold as yesterday, but wind picked up as we got higher up.

Snow surface

Variable and wind affected, a mix of soft shallow to hard sastrugi up high, bulletproof and breakable crusts highly variable thickness with very few spots with soft snow.


Didn't dig a snow pit

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