Mt. Whitney North Fork Conditions

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Volunteer Observer
Monday, February 19, 2018 - 12:45pm
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36° 34' 46.9956" N, 118° 17' 20.4792" W
Snowpit Observations
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Mt. Whitney North Fork Conditions 2/17-18

Snowline is low here, with snow down to 7800' and significant accumulation over last week's storm above 9000' especially on the North side of the drainage. 40-80cm depth to Lower Boyscout. Above Lower, depths range from 30-150cm with deep drifts on leeward aspects and deposition zones. 

Below treeline in sheltered areas last week's storm is still unconsolidated, but above there exists a range of surface conditions. Sastrugi/wind etched  and melt crusts characterize most exposed and windward surfaces, and a couple of different wind hardened layers exist on leeward slopes that fail easy to moderate with hand shears, down 10cm and 30cm, with well developed faceted crystals below this new snow. No formal obs were taken.

Not enough snow to make it worth trudging up there on skis.

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