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Location (general area)
Mt. Baden Powell
Road conditions to area
40s and decreasing
clear (no clouds)
Light (1-16mph Flags/twigs in motion)
Wind direction in degrees
Aspect in degrees
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
Friday afternoon Baden Powell lap from false summit.
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
For aerial footage of Baldy and San Gabriels check out my flight earlier in the day here:
Friday afternoon left the car at 1415 and made the false summit just over two hours later. Crampon boot pack most of the way with some minor postholing above 8k. Skied down ridge directly off false summit and progressed slightly westward through trees until about halfway down where we entered the first couloir west of the parking lot with lots of coverage down to the road. Top of the mountain was slightly variable but overall enjoyable skiing with areas of very nice sugary powder. The last half of the descent coming out of the trees was 40 degree slide for life conditions with just enough texture and give to hold an edge until the last few hundred feet. That was after it had been shaded, so next time will hit it earlier in the day.
Conditions favored upper trees, with open slopes having areas of wind loading mixed with firm conditions. Wind loaded areas were dust on crust. Did not see any signs of potential for significant avalanches, but the hazards of sluffing dust on crust, sheets of ice, rockfall in couloir areas and fatal slides are real. Would recommend skins and crampons for the way up and to ski with an axe on the way down. There is still plenty of snow in the north gullies that should be in for weeks to come.
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