Our tour today took us up past the Boulder field, headed for Herman Saddle. On our climb at 4,860' the second skier up the skintrack triggered a collapse (audible in a whumpf). The HS where I was standing was 176cm, and we dug into the slope in a drift directly in front of my skis. The slope faced SSE and was an isolated terrain feature. Here we found an HS of 245cm. See profile for hand hardness test results and a photo of the crystals found at the bottom of the snowpack. Unsure whether the rounding basal facets or the 88-82cm layer caused the whumf.
We saw skiers on grotto, blueberry chute, east gully, and martha's with no observed human triggered avalanche activity.
We also still saw open water between upper and lower Bagley Lakes as well as some holes above upper Bagley lake