Skinned up from the lake to summit and descended SE face.
Jan. 13, 2017, 2 p.m. PST
Weather: Valley fog in am, scattered clouds after 800' of elevation gain. Temps were from -12c to -13c. Winds were light to calm from West. No precip.
Snowpack: HS 90cm at 4,000', 165cm at 5,800'. Top 50cm is faceted from 1F to F and rightside up with a series of crusts on solar aspects down 15cm that is not consistent and dependent on micro-terrain (tended to be on East sides of ribs and gullies). Light (10cm) windslab from last night on SW face. Handpits showed a windslab from hard planar shears on SH down 40cm. Surface forms are facets, stellars and SH. SH on SE aspects was large (up to 6cm), widespread and often upright. It diminished in size and distribution with elevation. Snow temp down 20 cm was -6c at 4800'.
Area Description: Dirtyface Peak.
Avalanches: None. See photo for SH formation.
Observation by Matt Hartman
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No