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Kapka Bute

Observation Date/Time:
Mon, Nov 23, 2020 - 12:00 PM
Reporter(s):
Bateman, Mandell
Location/Elevation:
Other / 6170'
Report Type:
Snow Conditions   No Avalanche Activity  
Travel Mode:
Ski or Snowboard  
Temperature:
30°C
Sky Conditions:
Broken (5/8 - 7/8)
Precip Type/Intensity:
Snow / S-1 Very light snow
New Snow:
15 in settled cm
Height of Snow (HS):
90 cm

Written Report:

Went on a short walk today on Kapka Butte just to the east of Mt Bachelor at around 6000'. We found no obvious signs of instability within the early season snow. It seems like the warm temps and heavy precipitation have set up a solid base at lower elevations in the trees.

An east-facing pit and ECT revealed a strong, 90 cm deep, cohesive snowpack with a non-reactive rain crust at 75 cm. The snow on the ground is weaker but stable and showed signs of rounding indicating the absence of early-season facets.

While we were not able to cut our test column all the way to the ground to test the basal snow in question, I was not able to get any kind of shear at the ground even when trying to pry the block out with my shovel.

During our travels, we did observe a widespread melt-freeze crust on all aspects which should be taken into consideration as we move into the next storm cycle later this week which is forecasted to bring lots of "powder snow".