Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tin Can

Route & General Observations

Skinned alternate route up Tin Can from Turnagain Pass rest area to avoid high angle terrain in trees of Tin Can proper. Mixed snow/rain throughout the morning consolidating into a storm slab. Snow bombs falling from trees filling existing skin track to at least 2,000 ft. We turned around at approx 2,000 ft due to warming temperatures.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Temps 33-35 F, calm to moderate winds from the north at treeline. Heavy mixed precipitation, we guess <1" per hour.

Snow surface

Heavy, wet surface, ~1-2" in existing skin track


Pit Test results at 1500 ft on SW aspect on 23 deg slope. Height of snow 185 cm. CT1Q2 20 cm down, appeared to fail on buried surface hoar crystals (did not measure xl size), ECT17N on this plane. CT20Q2 64 cm down at transition from 4F (below) to F (above) snow, ECTN24 on this surface. CT24Q2 above and below NYE crust (?) on facets 116-118 cm down, ECTX30 on these planes.

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