December 26, 2011

Couldn't Last Forever

DP, Eruk and Lucy rallied on Wolverine Bowl to find stiff wind slab resting on a deep soft base.  The exceptional whispy, ultralight snow conditions of 3 days ago vanished with the breeze.   Very good snow conditions remain below tree line, though very slow in the 5F temperature.
Variable consistency of the crust was difficult.  Unconsolidated, cold facets lay beneath the unsupportable crust.  Momentum would just die where the crust stiffened.
Sheep on Wolverine Peak
The sheep had been digging and grazing at my vantage point just before my arrival.

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