Observation: Summit

Location: Fresno

Route & General Observations

Toured up through the meadow and gained the ridge line. Toured to 2800′ just above treeline.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

None observed. The avalanche cycle from the 26/27th is impressive.
Poor structure and propagation potential.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Single digits at the truck and high 20Fs during the tour

Snow surface

New surface hoar
Variable wind crust above treeline
Zipper sun crust formed on steep due south 1 cm below the surface


Average depth 1 meter
Rain crust to 1500' 4" below the surface
Probing and pole tests showed hard over soft snow (basal facets) throughout the terrain.
Pit # 1, 1900' E aspect, 28 degrees HS 100 cm
1F slab over facets trending from 4F to F at the ground. 5 cm of depth hoar at ground. This was the layer of concern in all stability tests. ECTP 8, ECTP 16, ECTP 12 all sudden planar

Pit # 2, 2800', E aspect 32 degrees
1F-P hard wind slab over facets. ECTP 14, CT 12 x2 failed on an facets over and old melt freeze crust (that has also faceted) 5 cm from ground.

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