Alex Reed / Ethan
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Location (general area)
San G Wilderness
Road conditions to area
Low 20's - High 20's
few clouds (up to 2/8)
Calm (smoke rises vertically)
Wind direction in degrees
Aspect in degrees
Max elevation of 11,250'
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
Multiple R1, D1 avalanches observed on extreme terrain between San G. and Big Draw at about 11,000'. Looked to be isolated wind slab avalanches that did not propagate deeper into the snowpack.
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
We toured from 6,900' feet up to 11,250'. Snow coverage was good enough to begin skinning right at 6,900'.
Zero wind, with occasional gentle gusts. Temps were cold, did not measure but felt like high teens / low 20's in the morning.
Skinned up to 11,250' and winds continued to stay calm, temps felt like well below freezing.
Minimal crusts were observed on the skin up.
After ascending into the bowl beneath Little Charlton/Jepson we observed multiple small r1d1 avalanches on steep exposed NW facing aspects well above treeline. They appeared to be small wind slabs that released.
Some moderate cornice formation on the ridge between Jepson Peak and Little Charlton suggests some loading on the N and NE aspects below alpine ridge lines, but no other other signs of instability were observed.
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