Observation: Turnagain

Location: Pete's

Route & General Observations

Toured up Pete’s N to 2800′ then up Pete’s S from Pete’s creek.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clouds were broken and moved in and out throughout the day. Temperatures were in the 30s at trailhead and 20s at upper elevations. Felt very warm in the sun as we were skinning up.

Snow surface

Wet snow on the surface below 1200' with a supportable base underneath. On solar aspects the snow was moist and there were lots of roller balls releasing naturally and from skiing. On northern aspects the snow surface was dry and somewhat wind blown. No shooting cracks or cornice breaks travelling along Pete's N ridge.


We mostly dug hand pits looking for surface hoar and assessing the wind slabs. We did not find any surface hoar in this area but were mostly looking on wind exposed slopes above treeline so surface hoar could still exist in more protected areas. The upper 2-3" wind slabs were fracturing cleanly and easily in hand pits, but we never found a place wind slabs were much deeper and did not have shooting cracks while skinning along the ridge.

In our pits at 2200' on a NW aspect on Pete's S we found an overall very strong snowpack with a few crust layers. Our ECT tests failed underneath what looked like an older wind slab about 10" down but did not propagate.

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