In the backcountry, the ability to read the snowpack can mean the difference between life and death. Observing and recording data over time can show you trends which can be used in good decision making.
The simple tools added to your pack add about a quarter pound but their payout in lessons learned is worth every ounce. Above are some of the tools used for acquiring and recording snow pit study data. Not shown in the first photo are the initial tools used in digging the snow pit, a shovel, probe, and snow saw.
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- crystal card
- 2 meter fiberglas folding ruler
- 10x loupe magnifier
- 150cm snow cutting cord