VA Lakes - SE Dunderberg slope warming

Submission Info
Monday, February 5, 2018 - 10:30am
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38° 3' 43.3692" N, 119° 16' 10.2324" W
Snowpit Observations
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Up and down SE sliver on Dunderberg from 9700' (Trumbul Campground) - 12,000'.  By 9am, acent snow softened just enough to get some purchase skinning to 10,500', after which booting was necessary due to steepness.  Boot penetration kicking steps just a few centimeters to a few inches.  Crampons are a good idea.  Descent at 10:30-10:45, snow had softened enough for nice turns, but no where near enough to be concerning for wet slides.  There were a couple small debris piles (see attached photo) from small loose wet point releases from previous day or two.  A couple baseball sized rocks came down gully at me ~9:30am, a reminder that wearing a helmet on ascent is not a bad idea.  

*Quite nice spring turns coming down this sliver.  

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Weather Observations
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A few scattered high clouds, warm, calm to light winds except at ridge-top at 12,200' where N winds were moderate.  

10:30am, @ 12,000': Air temp=+2deg C (36deg C).   

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