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Tried to get a good seat for a show of wet loose slides on steep, rocky, southerly terrain. No sun. No show. It was like having tickets to a Kanye concert.
Given the lack of wind slabs, persistent weak layers, and a wet loose show, we settled for dry, low-density snow in steep, complex, consequential terrain. We stopped at conexities to keep each other in sight, and regrouped in spots free of overhead hazard.
Sprague/ Lincoln Ridge and return
Largest of ~ half dozen skier-triggered sluffs,most D1 and releasing on northerly slopes steeper than about 38 degrees. Triggered w ski cut on open convexity. Quickly sread wider than skis; entrained all snow down to old snow surface and ran into trees.
Tracks and runouts below steep gullies and snowfields in cliffy terrain looked to have debris from fresh loose snow avalanches. Couldn't tell whether they were wet or dry, though they looked dry to my eye in the flat light.
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