Friday, February 19, 2016 photos

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Be sure to check the weather and avalanche forecasts before committing to a route in avalanche terrain tomorrow. Here is a look at the terrain from this morning prior to new snow, anywhere from 3-8″ through tomorrow. Unfortunately, icy crusts and just plain old ice are the dominate bed surface right now.

I darkened the shadows in this photo to try to bring out the rock, ice and surface features in Tuckerman. Lots of water runnels are a reminder of the beating the snow took earlier this week. It looked as if a small crevasse opened in the Lip due to the main waterfall running beneath the snowpack. Note the expanse of slabby ice in the lower right part of Center Bowl, up and left of the Open Book. The Wet Slab crown line in Chute is just visible.

 

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Long sections of solid ice on the Sherburne exist…heads up when the new snow hides it.

 

20160219_Central-Yale

Yale and Damnation are already showing signs of ice decoupling from the rock at thin spots. I would begin to be on the lookout for potential rockfall as the sun gets higher in the sky and days get longer.

 

20160219_Central Odell

It is hard to see in the photo but the wet avalanche cycle last Tuesday that occurred in most ever gully in Huntington scoured routes down to old ice crust. In Central, there is so much ice exposed that you may find ice screw placements in multiple places besides just the traditional ice bulge area.

 

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More ice on the Sherburne with some bare spots developing down low.