Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 04/28/2020
Subject: Wet slides in Washington Gulch at similar aspect/elevation to accident
Aspect: North East
In light of the accident today I wanted to reach out with some info about the conditions today. I was in Washington Gulch and skinned 4/5th up Coney’s. At 9am at roughly the same aspect and elevation as the accident, I was able to trigger small slides on a 30-35o test rollover. There was poor refreeze overnight and in many places I could easily punch a pole 2.5-3ft (probably to the bottom of the snowpack). I topped out at about 10.8k ft and conditions did not improve with further elevation gain.
Don’t know if this is helpful or not. Condolences to everyone involved.