Large Loose Wet Avalanche On Mt. Baldwin

AVALANCHE OBSERVATION
SE Couloir Mt. Baldwin

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Submission Info
Mike Phillips
Volunteer Observer
Saturday, April 3, 2021 - 9:00am
Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Avalanche Type: 
Wet
Loose/Point-Release
Trigger type: 
Unknown
Aspect: 
Southeast
Weak Layer: 
Unknown
Avalanche Width: 
50ft.
Terrain: 
Above Treeline
Elevation: 
11 200ft.
Bed Surface: 
Old Snow
Avalanche Length: 
1 000ft.
Number of similar avalanches: 
2
More detailed information about the avalanche: 

We observed this large loose wet slide from a distance. It appeared to be recent (within the past couple of days?) Easy size D2-2.5. Assuming it was during the real warm up yesterday or possibly the day before. Smaller loose wet slides on similar aspects nearby.  

We found snow conditions to be transitional at best from about 10k and below on N and E aspects with punchy and variable surface conditions. Glad to be back to the dry trail by about 11 a.m. given the challenging, unsupportive conditions in the near treeline zone. 

 

 

Avalanche Photos: 
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
37° 31' 56.2692" N, 118° 50' 45.3156" W
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