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Location (general area)
San Gorgonio Wilderness, Alto Diablo
Road conditions to area
Scattered clouds (3/8 to 4/8)
Wind direction in degrees
Aspect in degrees
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
Riding and skinning up the ridge from South Fork trailhead to Alto Diablo was difficult below ~8500 feet due to only a few inches of snow on top of bushes.
~150cm deep pit.
Starting from the base, a few inches is ice melt-freeze crust.
Then ~6 inches of finger hardness. Crust (failure at this layer).
~4 inches of 4finger+.
~4 feet of slab ranging from 4finger to fist.
On top of that ~1 inch of stiffer wind affected snow, unknown hardness.
The column test did not fail on compression BUT this may have been due to poor isolation on the back of the column. The slab popped off at the bottom crust when pulling it down.
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