Snow conditions in S. Fork Big Pine Creek

Sourth Fork Big Pine Creek
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Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 9:00pm
South Fork Big Pine Creek 37° 5' 20.562" N, 118° 27' 40.0068" W
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Toured from Glacier Lodge up the South Fork of Big Pine Creek to Finger Lake.  Seemed like temperatures had not been very cold the night before as open water at Glacier Lodge and higher had almost no ice, but the snow was easy booting and cramponing without too much punching through.  At about 8600', at the head of the lower canyon, there's a large field of dirty avalanche debris - rocks, sand, mud, shrubs ripped up by the roots - it's so large that it's hard to tell whether it came off of Slide Mtn or Kid Mtn (see photo).  It was obviously quite old (Valentines Day massacre?).  Some signs of incipient glide movement around 9000' - snow pulling away from rocks and cliffs - but no glide cracks yet.  Above 10000', the melt-freeze snow had patchy crusty recent snow on it.  Switched from crampons to skins at Brainerd Lake.  Started down at 1100.  Skiing was good - the crusty stuff softened and the corn was good on the lower slopes.  No signs of recent avalanche activity except for some rocks and snow falling off the cliffs west of Finger Lake.

Mild temps, no wind.  

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Dirty avalanche debris
Middle Palisade and Norman Clyde Peak
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