Observation: Turnagain

Location: Lipps south face

Route & General Observations

Toured up the std route to Lipps south aspect.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

No obvious signs of instability were seen except for partially covered old slides from the last storm cycle. There are two large glide cracks on the south aspect of the ridge below 3000'.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear, light winds and temps in the low 20's F.

Snow surface

900' - 1300' predominantly rain crust 2" - 3" thick
1300'- 1800' 1" - 4" light snow over rain crust
1800' - 2900'settled snow but variable areas of wind effect.
2900'+ wind slab 1"- 2" thick


did numerous hand pits along the climb from about 2300' to 3000' with no significant results. The lower elevations produced moderate shears with poor quality while the upper pits had hard shears. Snow pack appeared right side up and new storm snow appears to be bonding from what we saw.
Ridge lines and about 300' below them are scoured or covered in wind slab. There is a sizable pillow on the ridge but nothing compared to the cornice formation on Magnum.