Just back from the woods and stayed low-- it is positively scary out there. Didn't dig any trenches, but took one look at trails above Crystal (Bullion and Henskin) and decided to go hike Greenwater.
Here's a video that was forwarded to me (not my video) of a slide up on Granite Mountain summer trail-- ABOVE the first avalanche chute. Music is a bit annoying but I can mute that. What I do note is that the person who recorded this really dodged a bullet, but not sure they know how close they came to buying the farm.
This is scary to watch. I was briefly up at exit 47 early on Sunday, it was a madhouse with dozens of cars parking illegally along the chain off area and access roads. I chatted to a few folks who had minimal gear and said they were hiking Granite and I informed them of the dangers. Despite a large "Avalanche Warning" sign at the TH people still insist on doing it. Really disrespectful to the folks at nwac and SAR IMHO who are working tirelessly to save lives. It's not about lack of information as this stuff is all over social media. It doesn't matter how "pro" you think you are, nobody should be on the avy terrain of Granite in those well forecasted conditions.
Baker also released a 6-10' slab recently as well with explosives. There are likely many others higher elevations in the North Cascades (maybe also Stuart area); it is just people haven't been able to see them.
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