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Observation: Turnagain

Location: Library

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Route & General Observations

Observed very stable conditions on the west end of the Library. Perfectly right side up snowpack with no basal facets, 170 cm snowpack at ~2500 ft. Heard some whumphing but determined it was the brush collapsing rather than a collapse in the snowpack. We hit a section of touchy windslab on the last 100′ before topping out. Be sure to stretch well and bring a headlamp before entering alder terrain.

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

Whumphing was a result of brush settling, not snowpack collapse.

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