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Location (general area)
Road conditions to area
clear, but Highway 2 is closed from Vincent Gulch to Islip Saddle
clear (no clouds)
Light (1-16mph Flags/twigs in motion)
Wind direction in degrees
Aspect in degrees
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
Weak(ish) wind-loaded slope in a gully
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
I was booting up the lower NE gully on Baden-Powell and noticed things had looked a bit wind-loaded in the gully, but the sides were light on snow.
Halfway up it got really deep and felt 2 small whumphs (no cracks though). I dug a quick pit on the side and found that the top layer slid with about 2-3 pounds of force (went really easily). The 4 inch slab sat on about 4-5 inches of soft gropple. Underneath that was the ice crust. Decided to get off the slope. Pretty sure it was from the NE winds that came with the storm last weekend (and the fact that its a gully).
Along the PCT there was also 4-5 inches of snow on the ice crust but nothing slid at all and the sun had kinda baked it down. It felt fine to ski.
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