Snow shoe pretzels

Snow science 2 students are working vigorously on analyzing their field data from this winter. One of the projects focuses on snow anchors. Snow anchors are commonly used in plethora of mountaineering situations to make alpine and snow climbing more protected or rescue possible. On his field days OS sophomore Sal Candela buried objects of varying size and shape in the snow, applied enough force to fail the tested piece and recorded snow variables and peak forces generated when they failed. On Sunday April 3,  Sal finished up his last data set with help from his classmates and other volunteers. Now he is crunching the data set, writing  results and an abstract that he will be submitting for next fall’s International Snow Science Workshop. Look out for a poster at April 17 APUPoster session on his results.

Sal and snow shoe pretzel