Standard Worms Flow / Winter route with special attention to avoid terrain traps, cornice edges and any overhead exposure.
March 19, 2017, 7:52 a.m. PST
Weather: Blue bird day. Sun shining all day with little to no wind (no transport) and no preceip. Air temps below freezing but the sun fully softened snow by mid aftenoon.
Snowpack: Deep, persistent but softened under the afternoon sun.
Area Description: Climbing Mount St. Helens we spotted numerous signs of mid to large recent slides with precarious looking cornices throughout the mountain on western features. Also numerous, partially intact crowns around valleys from recent falls. Most notable was a massive debris field located to climber's right from the route, just around the end of the treeline (4,100 - over 5,000'.) This is depicted in the attached photo.
Observation by Ted Sindzinski
Did you see any avalanches? Yes
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No