A week without loading from snowfall or wind has allowed the snowpack to stabilize. The 12/11 layer is deeply buried (>6') in this area.
Inverted temps with single digits at the car this morning. Temps up high felt warm, but cooler than in days past.
Jan 6, 2022
(+/- 3 days)
Jan 6, 2022
(+/- 1 day)
North Fork Ross Fork
Observed a few small wet loose slides and rollerballs in steep, rocky terrain at all elevations. Activity was really pretty minimal though. The observed slides seem to fit patterns we've seen in other portions of this zone.
HS on shady aspects was 200-230cm at middle and upper elevations. 12/11 seemed to be down around 180cm. Surfaces are obviously getting worked and faceted, and SH was fairly widespread.
The surface was oddly stiff, even in sheltered trees, likely from the warm temps.
@8800', S, 32*: somewhat of a wind-affected windward slope. HS 150cm. ECTX in upper 1m. ECT block tipped into pit without cracking.
Saw some old cracks on both middle elevation, sheltered slopes, and in more upper elevation, open terrain (see photos). It looks like the snowpack cracked during the storm but did not slide. The cracks look significant enough that I suspect 12/11 was the culprit, but it's difficult to say with any certainty.
We closed very steep, rocky terrain in the morning plan. Our actual travel stuck to terrain under 35*.