Name: Dustin Eldridge
Title: Schuylkill Ridge 12-11-14
Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 12/11/2014
Aspect: North, North East, East
Avalanches: None observed.
Weather: Warm and calm. Light high elevation clouds. Snow surface was moistened on southerly aspects.
Snowpack: Low elevations held almost entirely faceted snow on shaded slopes with slightly more consolidated pack on NE faces. Crust softened by the midday sun was evident on S-facing slopes up high. Facets abounded under the crust, snow height around 40-50 cm. Pit dug on N-aspect , 37 degrees, 11,300 ft, showed 75 cm of snow with Fist-hardness (2-3 mm faceted crystals) down to 50-60 cm. From there the pack was slightly stiffer (4f, 1mm wind compacted)) down to about 5 cm (2-3 mm facets) where a depth hoar layer was evident. Extended column test showed ECTP 18, Q2.5 on the ground.