Observation: Summit

Location: Fresno

Route & General Observations

Skinned up center ridge of fresno through about 6″ of fresh soft snow.
Stopped at 3250 ft and dug a pit on a 25 degree slope, temp was 23 degrees.
48″ of snow pack with again 6″ of fresh soft snow.
I did a single column test which caused the MLK layer to fail on the first hit from the shoulder.
I saw two very small slides on the opposite side of the valley from us.
watch for rocks on wind affected shallow slopes.

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Observer Comments

Only the MLK day layer

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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No wind
23 degrees
flat light through the morning
got better in the early afternoon

Snow surface

soft top 6" layer


hard set up after 6" down