Date of Observation: 12/08/2015
Name: Ian Havlick
Aspect: North, North East, East, South East, South
Avalanches: 2 recent cornice falls off Owen and Purple ridgelines. No avalanches triggered from these events. Dropped a fairly large cornice and pryed off 10′ wide, 10″ windslab.
Weather: Low ceilings, flurries disapated into broken then partly cloudy skies as day went on. Steady 10-20mph west winds at ridgetop.
Snowpack: Generally stable conditions, even in steep and extreme terrain. no snow transport. Pits and probing indicated gradually increasing hand hardness with depth, HS 10-11000 averaged about 70cm, smow in NE cirque of Mount Owen averaged 150-300cm. One pit, CTN @ 11,000, E-facing, 35º.
Cornices on ridgetop are tenuous and rotting out at roots.