Saturday, February 23, 2008

Finally we are geting a snow refresh on the mountains. I am heading out today to the Wallowa Mountains to host a trip from Sunday through Wednesday

After the warm temperatures and the significant amount of time the snowpack for sintering methamorphosis - stability should be pretty BOMBER in Mores Creek Summit area. This is evident from the snowpack data included below:

It has not been possible for me to visit the Mores Creek Summit area for two weeks now. Did anybody observed surface facetting at More Creek Summit Area?

PLEASE, SHARE your observations! Such observations are helpfull to determine if there will be weak layers under the NEW snow expected for this weekend, and where (aspect and elevation).

For this weeekend, it is reasonable to expect Low risk snow stability ratings, considering the current snowpack and forecasted snow precipitation. Backcountry users need to monitor how well the new snow bonds to the various crust. For now it is expected adequate bonding due to the relatively warm forecasted temperatures. If more snow falls than the forecasted 4-6 inches, stability will deteriotate fast, particularly in pockets where near-surface facetting is present.

I also researched how YOU can post and contribute to this Blog. As you know, I am not content with the "commenting" since it does not POST the latest field observations at the TOP of the blog. The tools developed by Google for "blogging" does not have the flexibiliy to force comments to the top of the posts. The only viable option is to have additional AUTHORS - as many as 100 are allowed per blog.

In order to make this BLOG usefull to the Mores Creek Summit backcountry users community we need individuals to become authors and post their observations. Feel free to contact me via e-mail at and I will make you an author. Then you will have full access to posting on the Mores Creek Summit Blog.

As a final BONUS for the weekend I include two aerial picture of Mores Mountain (Bogus Basin Ski Resort side country!). You can click on the picture and use windows controls to get the high resolution file. For reference, you can also get the topo map from Mores Mountain that I posted weeks ago.

Enjoy the pics: