Allen Giernet aka The Winter Warlock
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Location (general area)
Mt Baldy West Bowl San Gabriel Mtns.
Road conditions to area
clear and dry
clear (no clouds)
Calm (smoke rises vertically)
Aspect in degrees
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
Observed debris from a loose wet avalanche possibly two start zones approximately 24 to 48 hours old in Baldy Bowl on the way to our location
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
Isolated collapses around 8500' @ 2:39 pm sections would drop but not move or release. Possibly collapsing on buried manzanita or loose grains on an ice layer below
Solid freeze overnight on snow surface on hike in to hut Friday night @ 11:00pm
Firm snow in morning softening by 10:00am some of it only in the upper few centimeters on some aspects southerly aspects softened more quickly. North aspects did not soften much until later afternoon.
Crust developing in shades on N aspect at 4:00pm
Solid refreeze of snow overnight Saturday night.
Firm and icy snow patches on trail @ 8am some softening in sun exposed areas.
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