Avalanche: Other Regions

Location: Whittier- Lowell Peak Shoulder

Route & General Observations

Parked at the end of the road nearest Lowell shoulder. Skinned across the creek and headed up the shoulder.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Wet Loose SnowAspect South Southeast
Elevation 1200ftSlope Angle 40deg
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Previous warming and or rain looked to have caused roller balling in various locations and a wet loose avalanche that triggered a small slab.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Flagging of peaks everywhere although calm up to about 2k.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear sky's, warm temps 35-40 deg, calm winds up to about 2k then ramping to moderate if not high winds at times above that.

Snow surface

Quite the variety of surface conditions were encountered in my travels. Ice rink parking lot, creamy corn, warm sastrugi, supportable buff and rime capped cold snow. I stuck to the lowest angle I could reaching about 30 degrees on the shoulder and ascended to about 2900ft.


I dug twice, first @ 1500 ft pit results ECTN 14 which broke about 30 cm's down on rounding facets. Mostly right side up otherwise. 2nd quick pit @ 2400ft where I just conducted a hand harness test and It seemed even stronger. I stuck to slope angles 30 degrees or less.

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