Observation: Turnagain

Location: Pastoral North Face

Route & General Observations

We skied one of the north facing gullies off of Pastoral peak and returned to the car via Bertha Creek.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear with light wind, moderate temps.

Snow surface

Snow surface was wind significantly wind effected along the Pastoral Ridge, much less so lower down. Shaded aspects had a shallow layer, ~4", of soft dry snow over a stiffer layer.


We dug a pit at roughly 4200' on a north aspect, ~30 degree angle, of Pastoral, below one of the gullies we planned to ski. Pit results: ECTP25 on 4F layer approximately 30cm from the surface, block was stubborn to release and did not appear to have much energy. Bottom of slab was 1 finger and below was 4 finger.

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