Patrick Gephart

Freelance Web Engineer | Alpine Enthusiast

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Mayflower Gulch Snow Observations 11/29/16

Some observations from yesterday, 11/29, Mayflower Gulch, Tenmile Range, Summit County:

Skinning up to and above treeline no significant whumpfing or cracking was observed, even in windloaded areas.

A snow profile performed on a NE aspect at treeline, 11,800 ft, with a slope angle of 27 degrees, at 2:22 PM revealed the following observations:

The average snow depth was 40 to 45 cm. From the ground to a depth of 6 cm unconsolidated facets of 1 – 2 mm were observed. Above 6 cm to 24 cm the facets were about the same but slightly more consolidated. At a depth of 24 cm a 2 cm crust layer exists, most likely a result from being the surface layer before the last storm cycle began. Faceting is evident both above and below this crust layer. Above 24 cm to the snow surface exists a fist hard slab containing all of the snow from our current storm cycle.

Pit results were CT11 Q2 and ECTN12 Q2 on the crust layer at 24 cm.

Drift Peak

May 29, 2015

After having to abandon a few optionsĀ in the Mosquito range earlier in the morning, Jeff Kepler and I stumbled upon the approach to this peak while exploring Mayflower Gulch.

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