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A visiting climber from the UK inquired about the current avalanche conditions in Hyalite Canyon. On the 21st of December 15 inches of snow fell on a weak snow pack with faceted crystals. When combined with windloading from the SE the potential for human triggered avalanches is high.
Routes on the lower andesite cliff band are generally safer - the G1 area is quite safe as are the majority of the climbs on the Hyalite Cliff. Routes on the pyroclastic matrix are at greater risk. The Scepter and Mummy are threatened from a large collection zone above, as is Dribbles and Zach Attack. While Cleo's and Twin do not have large collection zones above them, there is a reason for the paucity of vegetation below.
Climbs in Flanders are also susceptible to avalanche. Be safe out there!
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