Observation: Summit

Location: Tenderfoot Ridge

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Observer Comments


Weather & Snow Characteristics
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~25 F, partly sunny, light wind

Snow surface

New snow, ridge had thin new snow & windpack snow


Dug pit on top of Tenderfoot Ridge: Aspect = WSW, Elevation = ~4000 ft, Slope angle = 30 degrees, snow depth = 268 cm, weaker persistent layer was visually obvious between new storm snow and older denser snowpack. Weak layer = 4F, above = 1F, below = pencil
Did 3 compression tests:
1. CTH26, Q2, failed 40 cm down on weak layer
2. CTH25, Q2, failed 40 cm down on weak layer, realized afterward another layer just above had failed just prior and wasn't noticed at first, failed at 30 cm down, Q2 - probably in the CTH 20+ range
3. CTH28, Q2, failed 40 cm down on same weak layer