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Recreational Observation

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.

Latitude: 47.800669

Longitude: -120.963802

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No