This was a short recreational tour. Warming prior to 11/17 storm consolidated the lower snowpack, and conditions were dramatically different than the bottomless conditions on 11/15. The mid-elevation snowpack is largely right side up, but the surface will likely facet in the coming days.
Tour was from 1300-1600. Skies were clear, sun was warm but temps remained cold in the shade. The 11/17 settled storm total in this area was 30cm.
HS on mid-elevation solars was 50cm. 11/17 crust 25-30cm down was fairly supportable and kept you off the ground despite the shallow depth. Low angle solars (~25*) took heat and the snow was becoming moist.
Pit @9370', N, backside of Avy Peak: HS=70cm, 11/17 HST=30cm, all F hard. 35cm of snow from early Nov below the 11/17 I.F. was 4F+ going to 1F - surprisingly consolidated. No crust present at the 11/17. The stripe in the pit photo may be a dust layer. 5cm layer of small FC at the ground (Oct snow). See photo.
No problems observed.
Still in early season assessment mode, traveled conservatively.Close