Buttermilk Country, Snow conditions on Basin

Basin Mountain
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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:00am
37° 17' 48.8652" N, 118° 39' 26.046" W
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Toured up to 12800’ on Basin mountain today. The rd to Horton Creek trailhead is almost entirely clear and we were able to drive to the gate. We started with tennis shoes on when we left the car at around 7 am this morning though we transitioned to skies relatively quickly.  There was obviously a strong freeze last night and we were glad to have our ski crampons on the ascent.   Low thick clouds kept the sun at bay for most of our ascent and we didn’t see any softening until about 11000’.   The clouds began to break around 1000 am and by noon the skies were clear.   We dropped in at around 11 am or so and the timing seemed to be pretty good. Surface conditions were soft and supportable for the entirety of the descent.  No signs of instability were observed on our tour today, however, we did observe some pretty impressive loose wet debris from some time in the last week. 

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Cold temps and light winds made for a brisk morning. low clouds were pretty thick this morning, burning off mid-morning. as the sun came out the temperatures climbed dramatically making for a pleasant afternoon.

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