Standard approach to overlook Schilling Creek bowls
Feb. 22, 2018, 8 a.m. PST
Weather: -12C; Skies clear, then broken, clouds moving in; East wind on the ridge; calm, windless down low. No precip.
Snowpack: Widespread surface hoar and faceting on open slopes. Observation at 5500' E slope; 33deg. Right-side up SS to mid-Feb rain crust at 45cm; density change at 20cm. Mid-Feb crust has 1.5mm facets above and below (picture): ECTN16 on density change; ECTN21 on same layer. Shovel shear STH, failing on facets above and below mid-Feb rain/melt-freeze crust
Area Description: Nason Ridge to 6000'
Avalanches: Natural R2D3-C/HS; Cornice fall to wind slab on wind-loaded 40-deg + east/northeast slope at 6400’ Southwest of Rock Mountain 0800 - 22 FEB 2018 Similar recent avalanche crowns in Schilling Creek drainage obscured by clouds.
Did you see any avalanches? Yes
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No