Observation: Summit

Location: Fresno

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Observer Comments


Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partly cloudy skies with occasional light winds from the north. Temps in low 30s. No precipitation.

Snow surface

Snow surface was mostly settled powder. Some wind effect was noticed above 2000' where the skin track had been blown in slightly. Summit of Fresno was rigid wind-affected snow and some exposed tundra.


Pit dug at approximately 2800' on ESE aspect, ~27 degree slope.
HS- 195 cm
Ski pen- 2"
Boot pen- 4"
Results: ECTN

Our pit showed approximately 5-10cm of newer snow sitting on top of progressively harder snow (4F -> P). At ~50cm there was a knife-hard layer sitting on top of pencil hardness. We were able to get the column to fail on the knife-hard layer after finishing the ECT with no results, but it took a lot of effort.

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