Observation: Turnagain

Location: Magnum-bench above Taylor Creek

Route & General Observations

2,100′ N lower flank of Magnum above the creek.

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

Point releases off rock bands from afternoon before (20180407)

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Broken clouds, light wind out of the SE, Air Temp 7C @1400. No new snow: Ski pen 7cm/Boot pen 22cm. With increasing clouds and greenhouse effect.

Snow surface

Surface smooth. Sticky after 1400.


Six pits dug for Pro 1 exam. Snow depth varied 196-380cm. ECTN8-21@20cm down from the surface (across most pits) where new snow met 1mm facets.
Thanks to Don Sharaf and AAI for coming up to AK for learning and mentorship. Also thank you to Wendy Wagner CNFAIC for morning meeting/briefing.
Sincerely, Denali Rangers

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