Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst

Route & General Observations

Route: Sunburst Uptrack, hiking to 1400ft. Turned around at about 2800ft due to avalanche
conditions and increased slope angles above that point.

Weather: Calm to Light winds with some drifting on the ridge. Observed moderate winds with
significant drifting higher up on Sunburst ridge and on Sunburst side of Taylor pass. No precipitation
for most of the day with light snow in the afternoon. Skies were scattered to broken on the south
side of Turnagain pass and appeared overcast to obscured from Tincan to Turnagain arm.
Temperatures were in the low 20’s on the ridge and near 30 at the parking lot.

Obvious Signs of Instability:
Recent avalanches on Tincan Proper and Seattle Ridge
Localized collapsing on the sunburst ridge

Snowpack: Dry new snow layer at 1800′ and up, increasing in depth from 5cm at 1800′ to 20cm at
2800′. Persistent weak layer 40cm deep at 2200′ and 50cm deep at 2800′, surface hoar. ECT P
16,15 on SH layer at 2200′. CT 11,12,13 Q2 and ECT P 19 on SH layer at 2800′.