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Pennsylvania Gulch Snow Observations 1/8/17

I did a quick tour to examine the current snowpack around Blue River, CO after receiving a large amount of snow in the past week. A new storm cycle was rolling in as I left my car around 1:00 PM. I didn’t notice any cracking or whumpfing as I skinned up to where I dug my pit. I stuck to some low angle, ~25 degree, slopes to ride.

Below is the graph of my pit including the different layers, temperature profile, and stability tests.


Breckenridge Front Range Snow Observations 12/5/16

Snowpack observations from today, 12/5, from the Front Range area near Breckenridge, Summit County:

The snowpack is finally starting to get a bit deeper around here but is holding more problematic layers. After skinning to the top of our objective I performed a quick snow profile at 3:00 PM on a NE facing slope around 11,700 ft. The slope angle was 34 degrees.

The snowpack was wind loaded in this area and the average snow depth was 60 to 65 cm. From the ground to a height of 15 cm a depth hoar is becoming well formed with facets from 3-4 mm in size. From 15 cm to 30 cm a layer of 2-3 mm facets with a bit more consolidation was observed. From 30 cm to 45 cm a fist hard slab exists which appears to be from the previous storm cycle. At 45 cm a 1-2 cm crust layer was observed with a first hard slab of soft snow from our current storm cycle above it to the surface. Faceting is occurring above and below this crust layer.

Pit results were CT7 Q2 at 45 cm, CT10 Q2 at 15 cm, and ECTP12 Q2 at 15 cm.

Snow is continuing to come down so it will be interesting to see how this will affect our current snowpack.

Mohawk Lakes Traverse (Helen Mt. – Father Dyer Peak – Crystal Peak – Pacific Peak)

June 28, 2016

Temperatures began to rise and the remaining alpine snow was quickly disappearing before our eyes. Summer was finally beginning to dominate the high country. Pat “Perry” Johnson and I were eager to transition into approaches involving lighter packs and routes with┬ámore rock than snow. We planned for a full day in the alpine knowing that the weather would be bluebird and warm.

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Peak 10

June 16, 2015

Jeff Kepler, Pat “Perry” Johnson, and I were having a great spring so far filled with some successful splitboard trips. On the morning of June 16, 2015 we decided to attempt Crystal Peak’s summit. Starting around 4:30 AM at the trailhead we made our way up from Spruce Creek road. We encountered some very wet conditions, including a sketchy creek crossing, that made the approach interesting to say the least. After making our way above treeline Perry realized he did not have enough time to go for Crystal as he had to be at work later that morning. Some quick deliberation led us to go for Peak 10’s summit and then ride it’s southern slopes instead. The safe snow conditions assured us that this call was a good one.

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Mt. Silverheels

September 6, 2015

Ascended Mt. Silverheels, a centennial 13er, from Hoosier Pass. A lot of good terrain for the winter months exists around it.

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