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Avalanche: White Pine

Observer Name
Brett Carroll
Observation Date
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Avalanche Date
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Region
White Pine
Location Name or Route
Upper White Pine
Elevation
10,500'
Aspect
East
Slope Angle
Unknown
Trigger
Natural
Avalanche Type
Soft Slab
Depth
18"
Width
125'
Vertical
200'
Comments
Saw the crown and debris pile of an avalanche that had been triggered naturally, most likely towards the end of the storm that ended Thursday morning. We didn't get too close, and wind was beginning to fill in the crown, but it appeared to be 1 to 2 feet deep, potentially deeper. A couple details I noted were that the crown was a few hundred feet below the ridgeline, similar to the natural avalanche that occurred in Broads Fork. Both were also on similar aspects and elevations, which to me suggests the need for extra caution in similar terrain.

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