This was a plan B tour after arriving at Frenchmans right as Galena Summit closed. Given the unfamiliar terrain, dangerous conditions, and unlikelihood of good skiing, we didn't go far. Limited obs, but we had a number of medium to large collapses. Fewer than recent tours but the slab is getting thicker. We observed moderate amounts of snow being moved on a wind-exposed mid elevation ridge.
S-1 through most of the tour from 10 to 1:30. Mod and gusty winds along the exposed bump we topped out on.
Final pitch of "Humble Pie" as it drops down to the salmon HW.
|D1.5||N-Natural||Smallish slab in fairly sheltered, mid-elevation terrain||None|
We had poor light for observing avalanche activity.
We dug one pit in a somewhat wind exposed location: 8150', N, 23*. HS 115. See photo. 11/27 was 75cm down and consisted of F+ FC. Slab up to 12/8 interface was 1F. 12/8 was visible as a thin stripe in the pit wall, but did not have any surface hoar visible to the naked eye. 40cm of 4F -> F HST on the 12/8 interface. We had a few ECTNs (barely) on the 12/8 interface. ECTP30 and ECTX (P with thumping) on 11/27.
Layer Depth/Date: 75cm
Weak Layer(s): Nov 27, 2022 (FC)
Comments: Rose indicates observed terrain