Avalanche: James Peak

Observer Name
Everett, Khunly
Observation Date
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Avalanche Date
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Region
James Peak
Location Name or Route
James Peak
Elevation
9,000'
Aspect
Northeast
Slope Angle
37°
Trigger
Natural
Avalanche Type
Hard Slab
Avalanche Problem
Persistent Weak Layer
Weak Layer
Depth Hoar
Depth
3'
Width
70'
Vertical
150'
Comments

During our am upper mountain check we spotted this crown down the ridge in the north facing James peak drainage. Looks to be pretty fresh likely from the loading from Friday night wind events, definitely hard wind slab failing on early season basal facts and running on the ground and arresting on the trees below.  The tree line seems to be the connect the dot of weakness where the crown line is exposed. Pretty consistent westerly winds with frontal passage today, graupel filled in tracks and was not real coherent to the existing rain/wind crust. Probably more naturals in this north facing terrain, finally getting some visuals in to this terrain more to come!

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