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Conditions in Avalanche Gulch
Firm conditions exist throughout Avalanche Gulch. Subtle, wind affected snow has left a bumpy, widespread snow surface. Old, shallow, wind drifted scabs can be found on lee aspects. Gullies contain cinders blown from exposed areas.
Skinning on slopes greater than 20 degrees was difficult and frustrating. Winds prevented much softening of the snowpack, though there were spots on east facing aspects after 2 p.m. where solar radiation had begun to soften the snow.
Ice axe and crampons are mandatory for any foray onto steep slopes.