Poverty Gulch

CB Avalanche Center 2019-20 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 12/01/2019
Name: Evan Ross

Subject: Poverty Gulch
Aspect: South East, South
Elevation: 9,900-11,900

Avalanches:¬†Carnage all over the place from the 11/30 natural avalanche cycle. The total tally of observed avalanches from Eric and I is in his observation here. The only additional notable avalanche was the large natural on the South side of Mineral Point. This avalanche initiated in the upper cliffs as a windslab. when that cascaded into the apron below it further propagated in the South facing bowl. I believe the apron propagated on the 11/25th interface, with around a 50cm crown. This is estimated as I didn’t do a crown investigation.

Weather: Beautiful mostly clear day with a few high clouds. Light winds will a small amount of snow continuing to drift.

Snowpack: A couple collapses where old October snow was lingering as a collapsible crust near the ground. This collapsible crust was isolated in the terrain we traveled. Otherwise managed the terrain with the old wind slabs in mine. The 11/29 and 11/25 interfaces didn’t appear that they will pose a persistent issue, but managing the terrain with the old wind-loading in mind was still great travel advice as these interfaces continue to adjust to the new load.