Playing around on the lower slopes of rainier, as the wind was brutal even in semi-exposed areas at 6000 ft.
Dec. 5, 2015, 1 p.m. PST
Weather: Pow day--saw 6 inches of accumulation while we were there. Very damp snow, with significant wind. Temperature just below 32F.
Snowpack: Dug a pit near the point on the map-- SSW facing slope. Roughly 125 cm snow depth. First 25 cm new powder, easy fist penetration. From 100 to 80 cm, consolidated, rounded grains with four-finger penetration. 80 to 60 cm, highly consolidated layer: Pencil penetration was difficult. 60 to 57 cm, very light layer, with fist penetration possible if it was wide enough; semi-facetted grains. Below 57 cm, consolidated layer with rounded grains and finger penetration. Layer at 60 cm is possible failure point, but may have been wind-blown and thus localized.
Area Description: Small bowl near paradise creek.
Avalanches: None, even on steeper slopes--new snowfall is consolidating with the previous top layer rapidly.
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No