Up Hog's Back, attempted to head through Pearly Gates. Also attempted to traverse to Old Chute
March 1, 2015, 5:50 a.m. PST
Weather: Clear, Calm. Temp NO but estimated at 10 F +/-
Snowpack: Cohesive wind slabs varying in hardness and located on unusual aspects. Some hard slabs of varying depths, especially W of Hog's Back, sat on top of storm snow. Several quick hand shears broke during isolation and bonding to the underlying crusts was poor early in the day (0500-0600) but improved significantly by early afternoon. Went back up around 2PM, climbed and skied Old Chute. The interface of concern had quickly bonded and was not particularly reactive.
Area Description: E Aspect of top of Hog's Back and area W of Hogs Back, above Bergschrund
Avalanches: Three small (D1) loose wet on the ESE aspect of upper west crater rim, emanating from rock outcroppings before 2PM. This was interesting as the temp was well below freezing....guess even in March the sunlight can do the trick.
Observation by Michael Getlin
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No