BackClip wrote:Yeah, but look at the ascpect they were caught on. North /Northwest. East facing thick trees are good to go on that ridge IMO. Maybe we are talking about a different ridge, i dunno.
Have you noticed a big difference in the snowpack on the NE versus NW aspects? I really haven't. Same shitty snow next to the ground on both, topped by that thick slab.
Pink Pine has a real thin snowpack right now, which makes me a bit more nervious.
I don't think it goes that often...but...I still watch the little convex areas that I know are a touch steeper up there. I ski that thing a bunch every year. Lazy!
You can scroll through the recent obs on the UAF site, some of the funner stuff mentioned below.
-Brian in SLC
Mill D North, yesterday:
Primary Concern Comments:
Pockets of Considerable still exist. But, it's only Considerable because of the consequences. This is probably an old topic, but it seems like the danger scale and ratings need to be broken into two categories: Likelihood and Consequences. This Considerable is very different than other Considerables. I wouldn't say that 'human triggered slides are likely', so it's not really Considerable in that sense. But, hitting the sweet and sour spot would be bad news.
Evelyn on Gobblers:
Snowpack structure remains a red flag - being able to punch your pole basket through to the ground is never a good thing. However time, creep, glide, settlement, and sintering are strengthening the slab (bridging). I'm still avoiding high elevation, northerly facing slopes steeper than about 35 degrees, especially shallow snowpack areas, convex terrain, and always traveling with an eye to consequences.