Was triggering a lot of soft slab issues today (localized) along the ridge between Spinnaker and Martin, but also along the PCT.
Did you observe any avalanches?
Size 3: Could bury and destroy a car, damage a truck, destroy a wood frame house, or break a few trees
Saw multiple large wet loose avy debris fields along the PCT across from Yodelin. The largest was D2.5-D3, but the average sizes were between D1-D2.
Signs of Unstable Snow
Did you see shooting cracks?
Did you experience collapsing or whumpfing?
Most of my obs are posted above.
Lots of wet loose/faceting below treeline; more representative of depth hoar trying to turn into rounds. Was all new snow. Freeze crust in morning was punchy.
Snow was touchy near/above treeline along the ridge. Picked conservative routes where possible.
Observed Avalanche Problem #1:
Lots of storm/wind slab issues along the ridge between Martin and Spinnaker. Was easily causing isolated collapsing with snowshoes.
Observed Avalanche Problem #2:
It seemed like cornices were on all aspects except direct south facing ones. Some of the west and east facing ones had failed in the past couple weeks, but there were a small number that were still standing.