This was primarily a terrain recon/familiarization outing without much new stability data to report. Snowpack is generally stable and no avalanche problems were observed.
Temps were very warm on sunny, sheltered slopes. At upper elevations, moderate winds kept things a bit cooler. There is very little snow available for transport except on the shadiest of slopes.
Didn't see a ton of steep, rocky, solar terrain but no significant wet loose slides observed.
Snowpack seemed a bit thinner in this portion of the zone. The average HS on mid to upper elevation shady slopes was 150-170cm. 20-30cm of weaker snow at the ground could be felt with a probe. Surfaces were less faceted than expected, even on solar E. Perhaps warm temps and inversions are helping to strengthen the surface layers. The weakest surface snow was 15-20cm down that would produce a somewhat clean hand shear. With little snow in the forecast, these surfaces are likely to continue to change before they become a concern.
No problems observed. Suspect the WL was as forecast - guessing based on temps/sun you could probably have started a small wet loose if you went looking for it. Did not observe any wind slab issues even on wind-exposed 9000' peak.
Terrain choices were dictated more by work context and solo travel than by avalanche conditions.Close