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Location (general area)
San Bernardino Mountains, Wanat Peak North Face
Road conditions to area
Road to Vivian Creek Trailhead clear
Obscured (fog or base layer prevents view of sky)
Calm (smoke rises vertically)
Wind direction in degrees
Aspect in degrees
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
Observed wet loose avalanche D1, potentially D2 with 300 foot path on north aspect
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
Rain significantly affecting top 25cm of snowpack with wet and heavy snow with fist hardness quickly compacting. Top 25cm layer failed at shovel test and at CT 23. Hardness rapidly increases through the rest of the snowpack with finger and pen hardness observed from 75 cm to 10cm. 10cm layer closest to ground consists of loose and granular snow.
Recent small wet loose avalanche observed at approximately 7,200 feet on same north aspect on 35% slope with 300 foot path. May have been triggered by rain and or warming.
Additionally 2 smaller glide avalanches with 30 foot glide paths observed at 7,000 feet triggered by boulders releasing on northwest aspect of main gully from Wanat.
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