Warming in the Negatives

Submission Info
Monday, April 5, 2021 - 4:30am
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Negatives 37° 43' 49.3716" N, 119° 6' 3.384" W
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Did a quick tour into the Negatives to assess warming trends and how the snow is transitioning on different aspects and elevations. 

We toured under clear skies, calm winds and warm air temperatures.  No cracking, whumpfing or recent avalanche activity was observed. We chose to ascent the Hourglass after dropping off the top of June mountain.  By 945am, south aspects below 10,000ft were beginning to melt.  Heading up the Hourglass, ski crampons were helpful but not mandatory through the choke. By 1045am, E aspects up to 11,000ft were melting with ski penetration of 1-5cm. 

North and Northeast aspects still held wintery, transitional snow at 11,000ft. The tops of Negative 1 and 2 looked to be a mix of edgable windboard and transitional snow.  We chose to descend a SE aspect.  At 1145am, this was corn like and enjoyable.  The lower apron was starting to be a bit grabby and wet by noon.  

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