Avalanche Hunting Aneroid foot trail

Observer(s) Location: Report #:
378
Mode of Travel: Complete Report Date/Time: Orig Report Date/Time:
Snowshoe   03/25/2011 3:20 PM 03/25/2011 2:05 PM
Type of Report:
                       

Red Flags:
Recent avalanche activity
Observed blowing snow

Narrative

In this snowpit located at the teardrop on above Google map (6000') NE aspect you will notice two weak layers and this pit is similar elevation to the chute slide starting zone. The ruler is CT11Q2 about 15cm below the surface on a bit of a thin fragile crust. The crystal card is 55cm down and is the old MLK rain crust receiving a CT24Q3.


This thinner lower elevation snowpack (6000') on a NE aspect closely resembles a higher elevation (8500') southerly aspect for relative location of the MLK rain crust. Bear this in mind when recreating on top of this type of snowpack layering as we move into the warmth of April.


TAKE A LOOK AT THIS LINK IF YOU WANT A FEELING OF WHAT CAN STILL HAPPEN EVEN WITH A CT24/25Q3 TEST RESULT ON THE MLK RAIN CRUST, WITH VIDEO!!  Courtesy Bruce Tremper and UAC team. Click HERE.


Avalanche
Type: Soft slab
Aspect/Slope/Elevation: ° slope on a NE aspect at 6500 ft elevation

Wind: SW @ mph
As promised I wanted to get a look at the slide reported by the guides I met on Wednesday up at Wing Ridge. This is what they came across following the foot trail. They were out on Monday during the height of the storm and came across this fresh slide and wisely turned back. Most of the locals use the dam access road and avoid this. This little chute runs several times a year. Debris was 6 feet or so deep on the trail.
It was justa blowin' on the ridges on my way up this morning. I couldn't believe the qty of snow transport.
On my drive to Aneroid THD this morning at 8:00am. The wind had already started and I had time to use my lens to look for new activity on Chief Joseph Mtn. I noticed several new thick wind slab releases since yesterday. Look for one far right ridge below rock band.
New Snow / Snow Surface
Avalanche Activity

Specific Location: 

Avalanche Aspect: 

Avalanche Elevation: 

6500

Type of Avalanche: 

Soft slab
Weather
34

Wind Speed: 

Wind Direction: 

SW

Sky Conditions: 

Units: 

F
Location / Route

Route and Location Detail: 

Used the hydro access road until the bridge before the dam. Crossed the foot bridge and went up switchbacks to dam location. End of tour.

Pictures

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