Mt Laurel, East Face
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 2:45pm
Noted several small debris fields at the base of Mt. Laurel's, East Face on East through Southeast aspects. The debris didn't run far beyond the base of the cliffs ~8000'. Difficult to determine where on the face they originated, character or size but estimate D1.5. Possible Wind Slab releases given the wind but no crowns visible. Did note one Loose Dry point release down on the lower flanks. Moderate to Intense snow transport from westerly winds from treeline and above.
A break in the storm, in the morning and early afternoon (2/15) south of Mammoth allowed for a quick visual tour to Rock Creek. Gusty winds to the valley floor, evident strong winds at ridge top based on extensive snow banners. 1 to 3 inches new at the trailhead ~7600' but plenty of transportable snow in the mid to upper elevations.