Observation: Turnagain

Location: Pastoral

Route & General Observations

Toured up Taylor Pass to Pastoral. Not one square inch of powder, but a great day to be out nonetheless. Almost spring-like temperatures up high!

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Observer Comments

None. Very poor structure exists everywhere, but was particularly notable on the SE aspect of Taylor Pass. I think it's notable that the N aspect of Pastoral did not appear to have slid, nor did Granddaddy or the visible sections of the north face of Lipps

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Winds calm on valley bottoms, moderate on ridgetops from the N-NW. Profound inversion. I think I may have seen a cloud!

Snow surface

Sastrugi, supportable, breakable crust, slide for life wind board - if the wind can make it, we found it. One thing to note was fairly well distributed grains of shale and dirt covering the Pastoral Glacier; an indication of how strong the winds must've gotten back there recently. Remarkably variable depth. The SE face of Pastoral was stripped bare on its upper third.


Dug a pit on the Pastoral summit ridge: HS=190CM, Pit Depth = 100CM, ~4500 ft, NNE Aspect, 29* Slope, CTN, ECTX. Pencil hard wind slabs top to bottom, difficult to discern between different layers. While this area was clearly wind affected due to its proximity to the ridgeline, I believe this pit was still decently representative of NE aspects on a localized slope scale.

Poor structure on the SE aspect of Taylor Pass / Goldpan "Peak". Variable, either slide-for-life supportable or breakable with boot pen to the knee. Obvious 5+" layer of facets underneath.

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