Oaks gulf

By Ben Allen | Acadia Mountain Guided

Date of Observation: March 3, 2020  12:00 PM
Location of Observation: Double barrel and surrounding area

We encountered an up right slab varying from 10cm to 40cm it was well bonded to the old ice crust. Under the ice crust was a 2-4cm layer of 4F .5mm grains. They were dry, but easy stuck together to create a snow ball. Pole probing showed a pretty dense snowpack deeper down. The top 2cm were saturated, 10cm down was cold dry snow. Snow temp on top of the crust was -5c that was under 20cm of snow.

Air temps were low to mid 30s, although it was sunny for much of the day it did not feel like we had a lot of solar gain. Lots and lots of roller balls and some small point releases.


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