Avalanche: Sheep Shit Ridge

Observer Name
A. Nielsen
Observation Date
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Occurrence Date
Monday, January 15, 2018

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Location Name or Route
Mill creek/big cottonwood ridge line. Near sheep shit ridge
Elevation
9400
Aspect
Northeast
Depth
unknown
Width
Unknown
Comments
Went to look for surface hoar in upper Mill creek, they always grow up there and I wanted to take a look. As I was climbing out of Mill creek I was using a ridge that leads up to a point on the wasatch backcountry skiing map on the north west point of sheep shit ridge (9467). The steep NE runs were untouched on Sunday. I call these runs "Spicey mutton". On my skin out of Mill creek I reached a point on the ridge where I could see onto the run out zone and there was avy debris in the pines at the bottom. There were tracks on the face that were not there Sunday. I approached the edge of the ridge to get a better view and had a huge collapse on my second step. I could not get closer to see anything more. Lots of surface hoar intact in upper Mill creek as well. No pits, lots of pole probing...felt very hollow under a thin supportable crust. Icky.
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