Mt Adams/kings

By Benjamin Allen | Acadia Mountian Guides

Date of Observation: March 26, 2020  12:00 PM
Location of Observation: Adams snow field/great gully in Kings.

Air temps were 5c at 13:00 4500’ on an east aspect. The snow field on the east side of mt Adams was hot pow it seemed like they where going through the first round of heating. It was well bond even with the high air temp and sun. Looking in to Jefferson ravine there we several large avalanche. I believe point releases, there was no visible crown line. The great gully In kings was great cold snow. Only the skiers right side was usable do the old melt freeze rain crust on the left. The pinch was technical, we use a ski rope to get into it. our experience with water ice on the way up airline was that the snow was not bonded at all to it. The pinch was quite manageable but took some bigger mountain skill.


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