Observation: Summit

Location: Little Japan

Route & General Observations

Skinned up from first pullout south of Summit Lake Lodge. Skied below treeline. Noticed what looked like buried slide chunder at about 1800 ft just above more dense trees, but could not locate a crown.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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25 degrees, partly cloudy with some sun, calm wind.

Snow surface

Settled powder with minor wind effect.


Dug a pit at 2430ft, 20° slope, ESE. Just below treeline. HS 85cm.

Shovel shear: broke at buried crust 20cm down in snowpack. This crust formed a few weeks ago and was a few layers beneath new snow.

CT13 @ 10 cm down, new snow interface

Basal facets still present, but not reactive in tests.
ECTN14 @ same layer