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Observation: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Ridge

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Route & General Observations

Rode up the Seattle uptrack and into Main Bowl. 1″ breakable crust on E and S solar aspects. Softer wind affected snow, anti-tracks, wind slab, and sastrugi near top of Repeat Offender, along ridgeline, and in Main Bowl.

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Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Clear skies at 1400, progressing to few clouds by 1500 and overcast with some mountains obscured by 1600. Light winds noted at 1600. No precipitation. Upper 20s F at ridgetops, above freezing at moto lot. Temperatures cooled down a bit when the clouds rolled in.

Snow surface

A 1" breakable melt freeze crust can be found on solar aspects. The crust melted a lot in the sunshine below 2000' but was still a thin crust by afternoon. Soft wind affected snow, wind slab, anti-tracks, and sastrugi could be found anywhere without a sun crust.

Snowpack

Pit 1: Main Bowl, 1990', NE, HS=185 cm. TD = 120 cm. HS > 300 cm in this wind loaded area. We dug in a thinner spot in a wind loaded area. CT21 SC down 105 cm on facets between melt freeze crusts. The facets sat on a stout melt freeze crust. ECTX.

Pit 2: Repeat Offender, 2684', E, HS=165 cm. TD=115 cm. CT20 SP down 100 cm on 1-2 mm dry facets between melt freeze crusts. CTN. ECTX.

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