Observation: Turnagain

Location: Sunburst and Tincan

Route & General Observations

Two groups toured up Sunburst standard West route and one group toured up standard Tincan West route. Our objective was focused on snowpack and weather observations.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

Recent avalanche activity was observed on Seattle Ridge SE aspect and a recent avalanche in Basketball chute on a North aspect of Magnum near Taylor Pass.

One group experienced a large Whumph on the Magnum side of Taylor Creek at around 2000'. They suspected facets above the NYE crust due to the poor structure they found in their test pits.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partly cloudy becoming overcast
Calm wind
Temps in the teens F
No precip

Snow surface

1-3mm surface hoar and near surface facets on 12" of loose low density snow


Sunburst 1600' West aspect
HS=132cm, 27*slope
CT16, ECTN16 down 35cm on stellars and decomposing fragments
CT23, down 95cm on 1-2mm facets under the NYE (15cm Fist hard layer). They NYE crust was 10cm thick and deteriorating

Lower Magnum, 2000', NE aspect
HS=195cm, 18* slope
CT15 Q2, ECTX down 35cm on decomp fragments
NYE crust was found 125cm below the surface with no test results

Tincan 1660' South aspect
HS=195cm, 30* slope
CT22, CT28, ECTP30+ down 108cm on 1.5-2mm facets,
2x PST40/108 End and PST50/108 End

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