Snowpack assessment at the base of Lobster Claw/Right Gully. Elevation = 4405, Aspect SE. Test results: CTM(12)SCQ1,26cmdown, 1 mm facets. CTM(18)SCQ1,26 cm down, 1mm facets. ECTN25 Nonplaner Break, Q3 (26 cm down).
Today at 2,400 feet on an eastern aspect of Mt. Willard the snow exhibited shooting cracks and tiny human-triggered slab avalanches (see photos). This was most evident in slough piles below gullies and cliff faces. Though there only seemed to have . . .
We headed into right gully to investigate any potential wind slabs that formed overnight. Blowing snow had ceased as we started our field day around 1000 AM. Wind slabs were unreactive and averaged 6 inches in depth. Our test pits revealed multiple . . .
Instructed an AIARE 1 for Acadia Mountain Guides. Saw what appears to be evidence of a recent small slab release below the buttress between Right Gully and Lobster Claw. See circled in red in the attached pic.
Did some tests on N aspect of Bowl at . . .
Overall calm and unseasonably warm temperatures the last 72 hours in the alpine. The combination of sun and warm temperatures Friday on Southeast aspects at and below 4k softened the snow surface which then locked it up in those locations this . . .
*Large grain (5 to 6+ mm) facets on snow surface below tree line on the west side
*Mix of crust and soft, chunky wind affected snow in east snowfields- did not ski very well
*Soft (4F / F) wind slab of varying depth on rain crust in Oakes (~4800 ft, . . .
Checkerboard of ice crust and firm windslab. The gully’s appear scoured in places and loaded in others.
Calm,Clear and very rare sunny day. A patchwork of wind drift and rain crust cover most of the ravine below yale gully. There was small ice falling around mid day, Pinnacle gully looked thin
I went into Tux’s today to investigate the rain crust from 01.25 and see how it affected the stability compared to what we saw yesterday in Huntington. Thicker wind slabs covered the rain crust hiding it below the surface ravine wide. Stability . . .
Today, the lower half of Gully #1 (AKA Main Gully, AKA Central Gully) in the Gulf of Slides exhibited an upside-down structure in the upper 50cm of the snowpack. A couple layers of soft slab (appx 40cm thick total) was on top of a fist-hard layer of . . .