Observation: Turnagain

Location: Taylor Pass to Pastoral

Route & General Observations

Started at Sunburst parking lot, Taylor Pass to Pastoral, 4500′

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

No Red Flag signs of instability were observed. We did see some recent sluffing, very small (not large enough to bury a person) point releases on steep terrain along Magnum's North ridge.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Calm winds
No Precip

Snow surface

There is 4"-6"low density snow distributed pretty evenly at most elevations. This snow is becoming faceted, weak and unconsolidated.

Below 2500' this snow is sitting on a hard m/f crust
Above2500' this snow is sitting on a dense slab, except along ridge lines where it sits on scoured surfaces

*Along wind exposed ridges the surface snow is shallower, denser (slightly wind affected.) Surface hoar was found on along ridge above 4000'


Pit at 4500' on Pastoral, HS=105cm, North aspect, 35* slope, Tests: ECTX
Test pit was unreactive, but poor structure exists. the first 15cm is 2-3mm basel facets below a P hard slab. See photo diagram for details. Height of snow on the North side of Pastoral near Pit location varied from 90cm-200cm.

Height of snow along the glacier below Pastoral varied from 180cm-220cm (Thanks L. Sass!)

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