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Observation: Turnagain

Location: Eddie's

Date:
Observer:
Route & General Observations

Standard route up to top of trees, alders are starting to lay down. The route through the trees was quite pleasant, even on the way down despite the crust.

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

We stepped off the skin track many times and did not hear any whumphing. There was what looked to be a few small storm slabs potentially triggered by cornice fall on the west ridge of Eddies (maybe 3,000'? facing SW). These slabs looked like they were triggered before the end of the storm, there was some new snow on top.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Scattered clouds, very light and variable wind
Temps mid 20's

Snow surface

parking lot-600' thick 5cm melt freeze crust, supportable at times when stepping off skin track
600'-700' thin skin of crust remaining
above 700' new snow - ski pen 20-30cm
2200' This point at the top of the trees was windblown and firm snow

Snowpack

Pit at 1,300' on WNW aspect, boot pen 90cm (up to my waist!), ski pen 30cm
HS 145cm
CT13 SC 90cm down on BSH
ECTP 28 also 90cm down, same layer

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