Joined: Fri Nov 19, 2004 8:41 pm Posts: 1619 Location: Santa Cruz, CA
I've been in the flatlands of San Antonio for the past 2 1/2 weeks. Looks like we've gotten a bit of snow in the Sierra since then. Here are some aerial pics from the flight home yesterday. Cool to see some of my favorite places in the world from that vantage point.
Joined: Fri Feb 18, 2005 8:56 pm Posts: 458 Location: Meyers, CA
I took this photo about 11am on Saturday. At the time I thought all the crowns were naturals...but perhaps that was wrong...
Light was very flat, but there are crowns all the way to the top.
My group skinned in and then camped past upper Echo Lake and observed similar crowns on NW aspects along this ridge near Baldy and Ralston as well on Saturday 2/27. It snowed off and on most of the day on Saturday.
Sunday morning while preparing tea, we noticed a group of four skiers descending Ralston. One of group broke off skier's right toward some steeper terrain, triggered and was caught in a large slide. I jammed my feet in my still frozen snowboarding boots and chased my buddy the roughly 1/4 mile to the base of Ralston. Fortunately when we arrived at the deposition area we learned that the skier who was caught luckily escaped off the side. The slide was very roughly 500ft wide x 700ft long, maybe R2D3. Areas of the deposition were easily over 10 feet deep. Slope angle near the highest portion of crown measured at 41 degrees. I believe there will be a thorough write up on the SAC site manana. Here are a couple photos.
Joined: Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:35 pm Posts: 291 Location: Ithaca, NY
That is a big big avalanche.
Scary. We were out on Waterhouse Peak on Saturday. We stuck to very mellow terrain and saw no signs of avalanche activity or any warning signs on the skin up.
We ended up staying on extremely mellow terrain (20 degrees maybe?) and in knee deep pow we were stuck on the rolling terrain. Flated out. We ended up skiing/skinning out DOWN the mountain. My girlfriend ended up bootpacking behind me as I "skied" with skins on down some of the steeper stuff that was ridable but not worth the transition.
It was long, brutal and humorous. But we didn't trigger or get caught in an avy. So chalk it up as experience! Will post a TR soon.