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Observation: Turnagain

Location: Ragged Top

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Route & General Observations

Skinned up standard up track from Crow creek road, we gained the ridge at around 2500 feet and continued up the ridge to the top of the Bowl. Bowl was actively cross loading. Snowpack looked thin in the bowl. Snow could be seen blowing off the surrounding peaks. Noting the current conditions and wind loading we chose to descend our up track. Beautiful solstice to be in the mountains!

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Observer Comments

Heavy southeast winds cross loading the bowl. Heavy wind transport.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Cloudy with heavy southeast winds.

Snow surface

Wind affected and crust along ridge. Powder on crust below tree line.

Snowpack

Dug around in the snow at around 3800 feet on a northeast aspect. We found basal facets and then a right side up snowpack. Leeward slopes were actively loading.

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