Observation: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Creek Headwall, Seattle Creek, -3 Bowl

Route & General Observations

Seattle Ridge down into -3 Bowl, Seattle Creek drainage up into Seattle Creek Headwall, messed around in lower -4 Bowl, exited via -3 Bowl. Finished out the day in Main Bowl.

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

Nothing huge, recent slides on steep-sun soaked rock faces/cliffs. A lot of the Seattle Creek Headwall has slid. Did see a fairly recent slide in -1 Bowl, NE aspect. Saw some roller balls on heavily sun effected areas. Boot penetration was roughly 4 inches for most of the day. Around 3:00 or 4:00 started getting knee deep boot penetration. Was cautious of wind slabs all day, but never really saw evidence. Dropped some mini-cornices with no consequence.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Bluebird, calm wind, 40-45F

Snow surface

Uptrack and ridge still frozen at 11:30, snow started to soften up around 1:00. Freeze-thaw crust varied from 2” to 4” thick. Still great powder stashes around 2800’ and up.


No formal pits, snow depth was 260-280 cm in Main Bowl. Good overall coverage.

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