Observation: Portage / Placer

Location: Explorer Glacier

Route & General Observations

Along our route up explorer glacier we noted widespread surface hoar on the snow surface from where we started our tour to where we stopped, approx 3000ft. Winds were light throughout the day, and we noted small wet loose activity on solar aspects later in the afternoon. In a snow pit, N facing at 2700’ we saw results at ECTN26 35cm down at a hand hardness change from F to 4F. We also observed prior avalanche activity on solar aspects which were pictured in another observation.

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Observer Comments

Increased wet loose activity high on solar aspects around 3:30, before heading home.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snow surface

Surface hoar on top of powder


ECTN 35cm down at the hand hardness change between F to 4F. Pit was dug on the glacier at 2700 ft on a N facing 11 degree slope.

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