Sun and warming having their wicked way with the snowpack. Roughly 3 stages/ types of effects:
Heard/ saw about 1/2 dozen large wet loose slides off the south face of Essex Mountain early - mid afternoon. Tough to see start and end points, but these seemed to run over 1000 feet in very steep terrain. Saw a few D1-1.5 wet loose slides in Belton and Badrock Canyons on steep northerly slopes at road level.
We turned back from our objective when the planned route looked like stupineering and the alternate required traversing below a steep, south-easterly bowl early afternoon. We found soft, dry, carvable snow on E facing slopes above 6500 ft and N facing slopes above 4500 feet. Even the slopes that were refreezing rode well.
Heard and/ or saw these running, but due to the distance, it was hard to make out the start points, and the debris stopped out of sight - looked like these were running into lower track/ upper runout. Didn't hear any in Sheep Creek.
S side of Snowshed mountain. Only one we saw in Sheep Creek, but the lower terrain was out of sight.
Small wind slabs that failed earlier this week.
Filled mouth of small gully right above highway 2. Another smaller one just above Hwy 2 on W entrance to Badrock Canyon.
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