>So after listening to all of the raving on this blog about this Girl Scout Camp Bowl, Matt Leonard, Kodi, and myself decided to head out Saturday and see if we could find it. After taking a 5 second look at a topo, and making an educated guess as to its location, we set out in heavy snow fall.
We found the remains of a skin track west of the Girls Camp, so we figured we were on the right path. It had snow quite a lot in the last day or so, but we could follow the track pretty well, and soon we were standing on top of a small bowl. Matt gave me a strange look when I mentioned how tracked up it was. Ok, maybe there were only a couple of tracks on it. A quick shovel shear test indicated that about 6 inches of heavy, wet snow had fallen on top of a fairly slick layer. That got my attention, but where the slope was only about 20 degrees, we decided to hit it.
We had our doubts about the snow quality, but the first few turns proved us wrong. And how. The snow was fairly heavy and wet, but it was a blast to ski through! It was like skiing in a swimming pool. We made two excellent runs in the bowl between points 7279 and 7333. We got as soaking wet as you can get in those two runs!
We decided to make a third run directly down from point 7279 to the camp. The top of the bowl has a steeper roll over that we decided to avoid, and traversed left to lower angle slopes. As we skied down, and it was obvious that the first buried surface was harder and slicker than in the first bowl. And sure enough, we kicked off a small point release avalanche that ran for a ways down the slope. It was a low angle, wet slide. Not fast, but it got our attention. Just goes to show that even on relatively benign slopes like these, you still have to be careful.