January 31, 2021
February 2, 2021
Zone or Region:
Galena Summit and Eastern Mtns
North ridge of Patterson Peak
Did you observe any avalanches? Yes
Size 2: Could bury, injure, or kill a person
Mid-storm soft slab.
Did you see shooting cracks? Yes, Widespread
Did you experience collapsing or whumpfing? Yes, Widespread
We skinned up and skiied down the same ridge staying out of avi terrain. No pits, but widespread collapsing. The skinning was challenging, variably supportable until 7500 feet when punching through became less common. Ski penetration was anywhere from 12 to 18 inches down low and 6-10 up higher. We did not dig any pits, but experienced widespread collapsing with occasional shooting cracks at every elevation on the rigde.