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  • #unepicadventures: Sarah Carpenter, Teton Pass, WY

    “A third of the way up the bootpack, Trevor and I notice that the snow starts to change. The wind has picked up and there is a hint of windslab just off the track,” said Sarah.

    With conditions changing, BCA ambassador Sarah Carpenter and partner Trevor went through the backcountry basics checklist, while falling further behind partner Brook breaking trail. We talk about current conditions – we’ve had a foot or more of snow in the last 24 hours, moderate temperatures, and increasing winds. We are hiking uphill in the dark, and it’s dumping.

    “We got to the top of the bootpack, where Brook patiently waited, we all agreed that mellower terrain was the call. None of us had seen any obvious signs of instability, but with the current forecast and snowfall rate, as well as the foot of new in the last 24 hours, pushed us towards more conservative terrain,” she reported.

    At sunrise, they started their descent.

    Read Sarah Carpenter’s story: #unepicadventures: Breaking Trail on Teton Pass.

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