Mammoth Crest - Red Cone to Crystal Lake Chutes

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Friday, February 2, 2018 - 1:30pm
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37° 35' 12.2676" N, 119° 1' 21.036" W
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Toured up to Redcone bowl, along the crest, down NE facing chute to Crystal Lake and out.  Snow surface wet up to 10,000' in the trees even on northerly facing slopes by afternoon (quite challenging manky sticky in the trees .... came across one skier new to the backcountry on my way up that was booting down with his skis in his hand.  On my way back down that didn't seem like such a silly idea).  

-12:45pm @ 10,400' ESE facing slope:  Air temp=7deg C (45deg F); Total snow-depth=45cm, Moist down to the 18cm thick basal ice crust ontop of the ground.   

-Saw evidence of ONE isolated natural wet point release today that originated from large cliffband at ~10,000' on E facing slope, ran about 300' vertical, spread to about 30' wide.  See attached photo.  Looked to have either happened today or yesterday.  

-In exposed areas Northerly facing slopes were dry down to atleast 9500'.  Very variable surfaces to VERY firm wind-board, to isolated patches of textured soft.   

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Very warm day, full sun, few clouds, mostly calm winds except for some light northerly gusts over ridgetops in the afternoon.  

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