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Location (general area)
John Hege Trailhead Toilet (W of Waterman)
Road conditions to area
42 F (5.6 C)
Overcast (sky covered)
Light (1-16mph Flags/twigs in motion)
Wind direction in degrees
Aspect in degrees
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
I left trailhead at 6400’ gate closure, AKA John Henge Trailhead Toilet, at 4:08 with 6-8” (15-20 cm) on the ground. It was slightly rainy, overcast, and some fog. Snow surface was very soft, heavy, and mushy the whole time. There were clear runnels where it had rained (see pic).
Instagram pics showed it was snowing at 7000’ earlier that morning.
As I climbed, coverage became dramatically more even; from a patchy 6” (15 cm) to a solid 10” (25 cm).
Pole probing consistently showed a soft surface over a hard, thin layer, over more soft snow.
Multiple test slopes produced no results—not even sluffs—which was weird b/c the surface was so soft; i.e. skis easily submarined the tips and stepping onto the snow sunk deep (~10-15 cm)
I dug a quick pit at 4:38 (6,800’) to find snowpack structure (see pic).
Two pit tests: CT14@20 BK & CT12 to ground.
I topped out on the ridge at 7000’ and skied back to my car. Snow was very heavy, slushy, and difficult to turn in. OTOH, turns sprayed an impressive wall-of-slop rooster tail.
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