west out of timberline, climbed to head of zig zag even with Mississippi head, down along the east side of the canyon into the trees to 4400', then back to tline
Dec. 31, 2014, 3:30 p.m. PST
Weather: expected cold weather, but it was super warm at 5k. Tree bombs galore from all sunny timber, and raining water in the sun. No appreciable wind or cloud cover
Snowpack: at marked location, depth 110 cm, wind loaded. 65-76 cm from most recent storm. Easy shovel shear down 25-30 cm, similar CT result, sudden planar shear on isolation. Little propagating energy and spatially variable as only the wind load in dense trees was sensitive to my weight. Everywhere at and above was pen+ hard windslab and sastrugi. In the right steep terrain and the wrong place it could go, but it'd be small. Overall observed danger moderate and decreasing.
Area Description: East side of "ziggy bow" or "little zigzag", depending on who you ask
Avalanches: None noted. Some cornice fall on east aspects in moraine terrain.
Observation by Patrick Fink
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No