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Observation: Turnagain

Location: Lipps

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Route & General Observations

Top of Lipps, via trees, alders, and then a generally SW aspect.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Several crowns ~75-150' across were observed just below the 4100' peak SE of Magnum (GoldPan Pk), on a ESE aspect - see photos below. While we were far away, the crowns looked fairly crisp and potentially recent, with runout also visible at the bottom of the valley.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Clear, valley fog dissipating by mid-morning. Temps in the teens to low 20s, calm.

Snow surface

Same as reported on neighboring peaks - 4-6" of faceting snow over a stout crust below 2500', and over a firm base at higher elevations. 2-4mm surface hoar has formed along the entire route, but it wasn't observed on a solid bed surface at any point in the day.

Snowpack

Quick digging revealed the poor structure with medium facets at the ground along our route. No cracking or collapsing.

Special Note: Without more snow, be prepared to have alder fun on this route!

Photos & Video
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