Stick to the ridgeline, going "up and over" several bumps and threading between the trees to avoid the SW-facing avvy slopes the summer route crosses
Dec. 17, 2016, 7:45 p.m. PST
Weather: 19 degrees. cloudy in the morning, sun broke through around 1300 and got progressively clearer as the day went on. Not much wind except a few mild gusts on top of HH.
Snowpack: 15-20cm or more of unconsolidated snow in most places along our route. a few pockets of wind slab on the ridgeline. lots of riming on SW side of trees. Found some faceted crystals and SH in a sheltered spot but in the afternoon the sun was melting the surface so mostly melted rounds and precip particles. Did not have time to do a pit. Cornices on the east side of the ridge that leads out to HH but the well-traveled snowshoe/ski route keeps to the left/west of them.
Area Description: Mountaineers snowshoe trip to Hurricane Hill
Avalanches: None spotted. Watched three backcountry skiers do the first turns on the south side of HH without incident. Saw aftermath of shallow slab avalanche on SE facing side-slope of the ridgeline we were following. It occurred on a slope lower than and not connected to the ridgeline route.
Observation by Brian Carpenter
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No