Behind June Mtn - Winds, loose dry in sheltered

Hemlock Ridge
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 12:30pm
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37° 44' 42.702" N, 119° 5' 59.1756" W
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Toured off the back of June Mtn, initially headed for the negatives, but winds led us to choose more sheltered terrain.  We could see a skin track leading up into the hour glass bowl, but there were zero signs of tracks in any of the decent routes in the negatives, or Carson Bowl, which I believe both got skied in previous days.  Winds seemed to have erased all evidence, and were visibly transporting snow over ridges and high peaks for most of the day (with some lulls).  Winds mainly from SW, but also from W and NW over high peaks.  Westerly winds were predominant across Hemlock Ridge, with the more exposed westerly slopes being stripped and firm.  More sheltered slopes harbored soft un-windeffected ankle deep snow, which required some slough management while skiing the steeper sections (Not enough for a burial, but enough to sweep someone's feet out and potentially get pushed up against a tree).  Shallow uptrack in exposed areas was getting filled in halfway within an hour's time from wind.  No signs of loose wet activity anywhere from today.  Warmest day in weeks, with +1.5°C at noon at 10,400'. Blue skies all morning with increasing clouds in the afternoon and light flurries in the evening back in Mammoth.       

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