Recreational Observation

due to poor routefinding choices, attempted to shortcut directly up buttress between gullies. Getting onto buttress required bootpacking up a ~100 ft 35 deg sheltered gullyish feature with hip-waist deep powder.

Jan. 29, 2017, 12:30 p.m. PST

Weather: As forecasted, calm until ~10am, by mid day very impressive streamers coming off mt stuart. Overnight low barely below freezing at 5000 feet.

Snowpack: 1-2 feet powder on top of crust.

Area Description: directly below stuart glacier, at about 6000 feet

Avalanches: No signs of instability while booting up the sheltered/loaded feature, but while skiing down a trigger point was found ~15 feet climbers left of boot pack (4-5 inch crown visible at top of photo). Crown broke ~6 feet above skier. Triggering skier escaped onto snow-covered rocks at climbers right edge of feature. This was a very small avalanche: 4-5 inch crown, fractured slope about 50 x 150 feet.

Latitude: 47.485649

Longitude: -120.899300

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? Yes

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No