Observation: Girdwood

Location: Raggedtop

Route & General Observations

NE aspect of Raggedtop to 2000′

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

Widespread collapsing and shooting cracks. One collapse shook snow from an alder 20' away.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Graupel was falling off/on for about an hour.
Overcast to obscured
Winds were calm

Snow surface

~15" new - very loose and unconsolidiated


Very shallow snowpack! Dug a quick pit at 2000' and found well developed basal facets on the ground (10cm)
Two compression tests failed on isolation (CTVx2) and one CT11. See photo below. HS = 24" (60cm)

Hand pits were all failing on basal facets upon isolation or with easy pressure.

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