Observations

Huntington Ravine 02/19

February 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Name: Chris Wu| MWAC
Location: 44.276240, -71.285851

S-1, light wind, 15 F. Runnels from this week’s storm are still visible in numerous locations.

Quick digging by hand turned up 1 cm of fresh F snow sitting on the 1 cm ice crust from the most recent storm, which is softening but still firm. At that location, 3-4 cm of 1F melt forms (rounded ice crystals/refrozen slush) was beneath the crust and the P hard 157 layer was immediately below.

Crampons and an ice axe, and the skills to use them, are vital in current conditions. Rope up earlier than you ordinarily would to increase your margin against long sliding falls. Bring earplugs if you choose to ski.