Mostly cloudy with periods of blue sky. Some warm temperatures but not as warm as recent days. Very little to no wind.
Mar 28, 2022
Multiple recent wet avalanches up to size D2 were spotted during our travels today with most looking to be a few days old. We categorized them as a mix of wet loose, glide, and cornice failure, with many originating near steep rocky terrain. We also observed chunks of ice falling from cliffs during our time out this morning.
Some of the larger slides we noticed originiated from the Upper Chair Peak Basin, Great Wall of China/Bryant area, and near Snowlake Divide.
Throughout our travels, snow was found to be in varying degrees of wetness, with punchy snow, breakable crust, and large meltforms. A weak overnight freeze was more pronounced in open areas compared to under tree cover, where no surface crust existed. By the time we were exiting the field, it appeared that the weak surface crust in open areas had broken down as well, but that could have been a function of our lower elevation. Despite all this wet and weak snow, we were unable to push much to cause an avalanche. But recent avalanches were obviously gauging down into older snow layers and there is a lot of snow available for entrainment right now.
Boot pen was anywhere from shin to knee-deep and the Early March Crust was around 60 cm below the surface. There are plenty of holes, cracks, streams, stumps, rocks, and other natural hazards emerging throughout the zone, particularly at lower elevations.