Dean, Mark, Rick and I entered new terrain today on the NE side of what we call Mike Spencer Peak, which tops out at 8400′, at the head of Mike Spencer Canyon in the Pine Creek area. Mark and Rick provided snowmobiles to alleviate the 8 mile round trip to the approach start and all agreed that made the day strenuous instead of oppressive!
We tested the snowpack in three different pits and found the weakest layer to be a recent, buried, surface hoar layer from last week covered with 8-10 inches of new snow that has fallen since Sunday. It failed in the “yellow” or caution range of stability and warranted that we stay on slopes less than 35 degrees, which we did.
Our reward ….up to knee deep powder, untracked slopes and BIG grins all around!!!!