Date of Observation: 05/26/2022
Name: Zach Guy
Zone: Southeast Mountains
Route Description: Traveled on N and NE aspects of Gothic Mtn, to 11,900′
Observed avalanche activity: Yes
Avalanches: A couple of large wet slabs on the north side of Gothic ran during last week’s heat wave, along with what looks like a large wet avalanche near Daisy Pass. Also a few wet loose up to D1.5 in Copper Creek.
Traveled over fairly extensive tree damage on a previously undocumented slide presumably from the holiday cycle.
Weather: Sunny, light breeze.
Snowpack: Drainage through the snowpack is well established here, even on northerly aspects. Snow surfaces are old, dusty, and sun-textured, with very thin pockets of white snow from the past storm. Given how mature the surface is, it seems that wet loose concerns are isolated to very steep, rocky slopes. Traveled on a few suspect slopes that were past prime and couldn’t get anything to move, despite shin-deep ski and knee-deep boot pen near shallow rocky areas. Cornices still pose a threat above some slopes.