Observation: Turnagain

Location: Tincan

Route & General Observations

Standard route to 2500′ and then skinned north to CFR ridge. Objective was to dig in a shallower spot on north aspect and observe the winds at the Pass.


Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Wind loading, localized cracking in wind crust

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Partly cloudy
Temperatures in the mid teens on the ridge, mid 30Fs at road level
NW winds picked up around noon gusting into the 40-50s.
No precip

Snow surface

Melt-freeze crust to 2200' becoming thinner and more breakable with elevation gain. Southerly aspects had a thicker melt freeze crust. There was a trace - 2" of new snow over the crust. Above 2200' wind crust, sastrugi and pockets of softish wind slab. Winds were loading from the both the south and the north.


Dug one pit @ 2660' (see photo and video below). We dug where the slab was thinner in a more scoured area. Jan 21 buried surface hoar was 70 cm below the surface and reactive in both CTs and our ECT. Stubborn to trigger but scary consequences with a thick, hard slab.

Photos & Video
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