Recreational Observation

Entered from HRM lot into Heather runout and headed up ridge just before God's Wall. Followed ridge to about 5,800 ft.

Feb. 4, 2016, 10:30 a.m. PST

Weather: Light rain/mist at entrance to HRM lot (~4,400 ft) at 10:30 AM switching to light wet snow at about 11 AM (~4,800 ft). Snow rate increased to moderate to heavy by noon (~5,100 to 5,800 ft). Windy (~15-35 mph) and gusty on ridge.

Snowpack: Numerous hand pits at various elevations and aspects on both the SW and NE sides of the ridge; all failed upon isolation at ice crust (~1.5-2 ft) and several at weak layer (~6-9 inches). Medium stomp above skin track released ~2 ft cohesive slab (~6 ft x 8 ft).

Area Description: Newton Canyon

Avalanches: Very surprised I did not see any avies (except those in Meadows from Ski Patrol that I saw on my way out). Most unstable I have seen Newton in a long time.

Observation by Ron Martin

Latitude: 45.348081

Longitude: -121.649659

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No