General Bulletin for Friday, May 17, 2019

Snow that fell on the Presidential Range earlier this week has now seen warmth and rain, bringing the return of an isothermal, springtime snowpack. Those looking to recreate on snow this weekend should review objective hazards that come with playing in big mountains. A thorough examination of these will help narrow down your focus and likely point your group toward a reasonably safe target. Open holes and undermined snow are widespread to various depths and will need to avoided on just about every slope. Icefall and rockfall are always possible and best dealt with by crossing quickly through the line of fire or avoiding slopes that have obvious chunks of ice that look like the leaning tower of Pisa. Any sort of fall in steep terrain can have consequences; bring the appropriate tools(ice axe, crampons, helmet) for your objective and don’t be afraid to use them even though others may not.

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