Observation Date: 04/10/2020
Up Burr point, down South face, then up and down the North shoulder of Castle Crag in Fred Burr creek.
Lots of naturals from the past week in Fred Burr. The largest were on shaded aspects, but there were also wet slabs up to a foot deep on solar aspects. I dug several pits on shaded aspects above 7,000 feet and found dry snow below the surface, and preserved facets. I was getting propagation and clean, energetic shears at test scores of 9 – 15 (wrist to light elbow taps) 2 – 2.5 feet down. In summary, as far as I can tell, this week’s warm tempertures did not do much to stablize the snowpack. I was pretty spooked, and stayed off wind loaded terrain over 30 degrees on shaded aspects. All in all a heads up day, especially since the snow now feels generally stable.
Observer: Brian Story