Penguin Pk. [Southeast]
- 9:00 AM, Sun May 17, 2015
Quite recently a massive avalanche came down the prominent west facing avalanche chute. It almost reached the valley floor, there is snow withing 100 yds of the road. The power, force, violence, of said avalanche are on full display and well worth seeing. If anyone needs to see first hand why avalanches kill, here is the spot. One can only imagine if this had happened on a high snow year, rather than low. It is a big WOW.
The hike is still doable, the worst spot is down low and it just requires one to pick one's way through the debris field. After about 400-600 yds, things improve. A fellow skied off the summit of the false peak and was able to get about 1/3rd of the way down the chute on skis.
If one decides for the summit, (the summit of Penguin Pk has an anenometer), the traverse between the false peak and Penguin Pk. has a danger in that the north side of the ridge(badly corniced) is going to give way, one can actually see the fracture line. If you are on that section that gives way the chances of surviving aren't good. Err to the south side of the ridge, very doable and the view is worth it
Report by Michael Vogel.