Observation: Seward

Location: Harding Icefield Trail

Route & General Observations

Hiked ~2mi up Harding Icefield trail to cliff section.

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

At 2200ft snow turned unsupportable and postholed in boots to my thighs.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Rainy, 35F

Snow surface

Boot pen 15cm 1500ft-2000ft.


Hiked up on wet snow and initially supportable to 2000ft. Then Snow rapidly changed to very isothermal and unsupportable on upwards and I was sinking to thigh/hip.

Quick snow pit @2100ft: 38deg slope, HS 120cm, CT23 SC @ 85cm down

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