Observation: Summit

Location: Tenderfoot

Route & General Observations

Climber tenderfoot from standard skin track. Dug a pit on south south west facing aspect after first knob, not the normal western descent.
Overall old snow bonded well to new, basal facets are wetter.

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Observer Comments


Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Calm clear 20’s F
No spin drifts on surrounding mtns.

Snow surface

Loose pow varying from 6-12 inches on crust. The crust was harder in alder, breakable in pines to none above tree line. Ridge was scoured with 1-2 inches fluff to wind board.


860 meters/2900 feet
38 degree slope
Pit was in wind loaded aspect of slope
70-90 snow depth around pit, pit depth 87 cm
SSW slope
87-82 comfiest hard
82-65 finger hard wind slab
65-62 crust faceting loose
62-55 hard melt freeze
55-50 finger
48 another crust
48-30 finger slab
30-25 wet facets
25-20 hard melt freeze
Below to base wet facets, which held together and readily made snowball.
CT 8
Failed at crust at 20 q2 With entire column popping out

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