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Location (general area)
Mt. Waterman San Gabriel Mountains
Road conditions to area
Some snow and ice
clear (no clouds)
Moderate (17-25mph Small trees sway/ flags stretched)
Aspect in degrees
2,417m / 7,929'
Boot/ Ski penetration
pf 22cm/ ps 5cm
Activity, recent avalanches
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
8:30am good skinning somewhat firm up shoulder E of Waterman to jeep road.
Snow transport at times. due to moderate to strong W winds
Firm powder riding conditions main drainage good coverage but still low tide with many obstacles
Noon 7,750' NW just below ridge wind crust and small shooting cracks from ski's go up over ridge and wind crust is gone.
Graupel was found in layers during pits. Near 41cm. There appeared to be a change in the recent snowfall consistency at this 41cm location that did not show up on hardness test but released on CT tests. Poor bonding here where possibly wind drifted snow had been deposited on the storm snow.
Pit Profile Mt. Waterman
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