Tim Tam Loop


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Updated: Thursday, Jan 18, 2018 11:43 AM
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Posted: Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 5:00 PM
Avalanche Red Flags
Recent avalanche activity  
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Snow Conditions
With crap snow on the ground, we took advantage of the day to ride some roads and fill in some gaps on our EnterActive Map for the Tollgate area. This took us out to Timothy Springs and around Lookout Mt area. Everything was crusty with very little new snow. The only place we saw something good for snow was around Bone Springs but everything else seemed to be a rain, freeze, 1-inch-snow sequence from the last day or so. Hopefully this storm starting tonight does some wonders up there. The good news is that no bare ground is showing, so at least you are on snow. However, there were bare patches underneath the trees along the southern portion of our journey.

Upon return, we had fire up the jetboil to brew our own coffee since neither the Tollgate Store or the ski lodge are open to patronize. Then, Sather donned the skis for some hot laps Spout shortly before he was integrated by a barrage of Whitman College crazies using skis and boots to get up the slopes. Finally the breakable crust is gone and he was skiing just crust, which is a good improvement. Evidence of a lot of wind with this storm was present in several places. We also saw 3 road cuts that had avalanched in a we-loose manner.



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Avalanche Incident Report
Avalanche Type
WL - Wet loose snow
Avalanche Size
R1 - Very small
D1 - Relatively harmless (10m)
Slope/Aspect
--° /
Elevation
-- ft
Details
We observed three wet loose snow avalanches along our trip today. Two were on northerly aspects, and one was on a southerly aspect. All three were about the same size and broke at the crest of the road cut (below where cornices typically form).
The Snow
New Snow
7 cm
Total Snow
75 cm
Slope/Aspect
--° / --
Elevation
5500'

Snow Depths
Location #1: Gravel Pit — 75 cm (map)
Location #2: Near Timothy Springs — 55 cm (map)
The Weather
Temperature
-3.5°C
Sky
Overcast (> 7/8)
Precipitation
Snow - S-1 Very light snow
Wind
West at 17-25 mph
Top of Happy Valley

Happy
Not Happy
Whitman attack
The most new snow all day: 7cm
Probing snow
Timothy Springs
Some cabin at Timothy Springs
Small road cut wet loose avalanche
Jet boil coffees @ Café de Sather
Redneck brew kit
Whitman students & this guy in the pants
One of the small slides on a road cut.
Road conditions