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Recreational Observation

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

Latitude: 47.988409

Longitude: -123.531132

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No