Debris from previous storm and wind cycle visible in the approach slope.
Repeatable, moderate hand shears with results 60cm down on pitch one in the pocket before the ice bulge. The shears are failing on an ice crust at approx 60cm. Otherwise there . . .
I observed significant avalanche debris on the floor of Tuckerman. This probably occurred Tuesday/Wednesday. The only visible crown was high in Left Gully. Considering the amount of debris, I would guess the Headwall avalanched during the cycle and . . .
The recent snow overnight did not allow for us to continue into the bowl as we saw the snow cracking on the trail up.
General comment: Swirling winds, snowing and wind blown snow. I had thought to dig a pit partway up #1. When my edge cracked a wind-buffed section just 40 yards from the upper cache, I turned tail immediately. On the way in, just above 3800′, on a . . .
Wind spread avalanche cycle during wind loading event Tuesday night or very early Wednesday. The Bowl and Headwall area likely avalanched early and reloaded since it’s debris looked the oldest.
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Widely variable surface conditions top to bottom and side to side. Snow structure was as it’s been four the past few days with multiple layers due to wind speed changes and recent snowfall. No slabs exhibited signs of propagation potential despite . . .
Strong Westerly winds 60-70 mph deminished to 40-50s in the afternoon above the rim of Huntington’s. Down in the gullies it was calm and ~20°F at 5000 ft. Huntington Ravine remained in the clouds most of the day.
We ascended and descended north, . . .
+ Our overall impression of the snowpack today was it has grown significantly in the past week.
+ The rain crust that formed Feb 6/7 is intact almost everywhere, with wind effected snow on top. The new snow seems bonded to this crust. An upside down . . .
31F @ Hermit Lake.
Blowing snow and clouds made for low visibility in Tuckerman Ravine today. We traveled up into lobster claw and found wind slab resting on the crust. Some areas had dense unreactive wind slabs and other areas had 1F slabs resting . . .