Observation: Summit

Location: Tenderfoot

Route & General Observations

Avoid the crowds and deep powder with an alpine noon start at Tenderfoot campground with one partner. Approached standard route past cell tower.

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

Shooting cracks on SW facing steep test slope convexity at 2600’. Suspect wind loading.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather station read 6 degrees f at noon, partly cloudy. S-1 and 6 degrees warmer at 16:00.

Snow surface

10-15cm of light dry snow on a stout crust at 1800’. We encountered this crust at all elevations(up to 2700’). The snow depth on top of the crust increased with elevation.


Dug a pit at 2600’ on a 32 degree SW facing slope. The surface was light and unconsolidated, despite experiencing shooting cracks 15’ closer to the ridge. HS 112cm. ~60cm 1F slab sitting on BSH/crust combo. This layer was not very energetic: ECTN8, CT16Q2.

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