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PhotosDateLocationAvalanche?General Observations
1516453200January 20, 2018 1:00pmSummit - Tenderfoot RidgeStandard Tenderfoot skin track up to ~2800'. Dug a pit at tree-line at 2420'. We wanted to learn about the distribution of crust layers near the surface from the storm cycle this past week.
1516381200January 19, 2018 5:00pmSummit - Manitoba low elevation3 night stay near base of Manitoba, where trees start to open up. Stayed in low elevation terrain, wasn't able to go up high 🙁 Max elevation was 2100'.
1516370040January 19, 2018 1:54pmSummit - Road Side Obs....Pictures of avalanches from previous storms.Slab avalanches on South and West Aspects. Point release on Fresno Peak. Colder Temperatures clouding up this afternoon from the South.
1516290000January 18, 2018 3:40pmSummit - ManitobaUp normal up track
1516284000January 18, 2018 2:00pmSummit - TenderfootToured up west ridge of Tenderfoot to 3100'. Very poor skiing below 2000', where the surface is a breakable crust or impenetrable ice where previous skiers have traveled. Above 2000', the snow transit …
1516276800January 18, 2018 12:00pmSummit - Summit Road ObsRoad obs on the way to Tenderfoot. Widespread avalanches in channeled terrain, mostly on the east side of the road. Of note were continuous, well connected crowns in the alpine at the north end of the …
1516114080January 16, 2018 2:48pmSummit - General Observation (Summit Lake Area)YesWarm Temperatures (37F) and Rain observed during observation. Rain/Snow Line was at 2800' level at 2PM.
1516036560January 15, 2018 5:16pmSummit - TenderfootStandard uptrack to approximately 3300' on the ridge.
1515945600January 14, 2018 4:00pmSummit - ManitobaManitoba, standard route and laps on the eastern face from 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
1515931260January 14, 2018 12:01pmSummit - Frontside of SummitFront side of summit up to 2800'
1515852000January 13, 2018 2:00pmSummit - TenderfootYesAlaska Avalanche School Pro 1 Course; Instructors Eeva Latosuo, Blaine Smith, and Mike Janes We skinned up the road access past the AT&T comm site to do some practice profiles "out of the rain". …
1515784320January 12, 2018 7:12pmSummit - General ObservationLight snow and rain today with upper elevations receiving significant wind loading from Easterly direction. Poor visibility during observation. No natural avalanche activity observed. Active wind load …
1515585600January 10, 2018 12:00pmSummit - Tenderfoot RidgeAscended west ridge to 3200'. Intent was to inventory surface conditions in anticipation of a shift in weather this weekend. Also looking to get a sense for the reactivity of the New Years buried surf …
1515585600January 10, 2018 12:00pmSummit - FresnoStandard route from gravel pit. Mostly clear, moderate temps. Old roller balls faceting out to almost fist hardness@1700'. Surface hoar to 1 cm+ in wind sheltered locations to 2500'. No current red f …
1515340800January 7, 2018 4:00pmSummit - Manitoba, Fresno and Colorado peakAlaska Avalanche School - Rec Level 2 course Observations from our last field day, three groups in three locations.
1515330000January 7, 2018 1:00pmSummit - Tender FootTour up lower tender foot
1515326400January 7, 2018 12:00pmSummit - TenderfootClimber tenderfoot from standard skin track. Dug a pit on south south west facing aspect after first knob, not the normal western descent. Overall old snow bonded well to new, basal facets are wetter …
1515275400January 6, 2018 9:50pmSummit - ManitobaToured up standard road route and then north side of the obvious gully on Manitoba to the peak. Stopped to dig a pit along the ridge line about 1/2 way between tree line and the summit. Great skiing!
1515182160January 5, 2018 7:56pmSummit - Fresno 2300' ENEBluebird; 20F; surface hoar from road to 2300’ and beyond, 0.5 - 2 cm, smaller in open more winded meadows Old pinwheels from pre-New Years warm storm (1700-1850’); 5-10 cm new snow over breakabl …
1515166213January 5, 2018 3:30pmSummit - Summit Lake Road ObsDrove to Summit Lake to take advantage of the clear skies and good visibility to look for any evidence of natural avalanches from our last storm. A few small slabs covered with new snow from the New Y …
1514980800January 3, 2018 12:00pmSummit - Tenderfoot RidgeToured up the west shoulder of Tenderfoot Ridge to 2800'. We were trying to look into a number of things: 1) Was the precip received in the recent storm cycle rain, or moist / wet snow? 2) Did the fac …
1514840100January 1, 2018 8:55pmSummit - ManitobaSkied 3 laps on Manitoba in the alder band between 1700 and 2600 feet
1514732400December 31, 2017 3:00pmSummit - TenderfootSkied Dec 30th and 31st on Tenderfoot Ridge, mostly below 2800' due to poor visibility, but did get to 3700' on Dec 30th.
1514638800December 30, 2017 1:00pmSummit - Manitoba SummitYesCrack of 11am departure from the Toba yurt. Standard uptrack to Manitoba summit via northwest ridge, and ski descent more or less due west. Two members of the party went for a second lap and ascended …
1514462400December 28, 2017 12:00pmSummit - Fresno RidgeAscended and descended Fresno Ridge to 2750'. Our goals were to a) inventory surfaces in preparation for new snow b) characterize the extent of the persistent slab problem c) understand the structure …
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