Avalanche Activity, Tuckerman, 12/8
By Sarah Goodnow | AMC- Hermit Lake Caretaker
Date of Observation: December 8, 2019 10:00 AM
Location of Observation:
New avalanche debris from Center Bowl, Lip, and Sluice were present in the bowl this morning (Sunday 12/8), with crown lines visible in the Lip and Sluice. A period of 50-70 mph WNW winds recorded by the summit last night built soft (4F) wind slab on top of the loose unconsolidated snow that fell on relatively lighter winds Friday night and Saturday.
Pictures attached show:
a) Debris piled up in Chicken Rock Gully that originated from areas of the Lip and Sluice. Debris pile larger than pictured; easily D2. (What’s chicken rock gully? The ice flow in the picture is the “Open Book;” Chicken Rock is the snow gully you trace from the base of that ice flow up to looker’s right, ending in a rock buttress).
b) Debris and crown line in the Sluice. The slide initiated up much higher to looker’s left, above the rocks and bushes (I think) and brought the slope in the foreground of the picture down with it.
c) South-ish aspects in Tucks. If you zoom in you might see what I think is the original crown line from the Sluice avalanche.