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McClellan Butte, NE Couloir, April 8
« on: 04/10/12, 04:06 PM »

Another fun trip at McClellan.  Skied the lower half of the couloir.  Having been lucky enough to make it to the top of Cannon Couloir a couple weeks ago, at the point where I dropped in on McClellan, I would describe it more like a fairly wide gully.  Some day I'd like to get near the top where it looks a lot more intense.  During the climb I ran out of time at an elevation of about 4300'.  I tried to pick a somewhat representative location for a snow pit, NE aspect.  I found two relatively harder layers at depths of 1 and 2 feet down.  I did a rutschblock test and got shear failure on the upper layer a foot down after several hard jumps (R6?).  I could not get the deeper layer to slide.

I'm just starting to dig more pits so please don't take my results too seriously.

After the good pit results, a yellow NWAC forecast, existing recent avy debris and skier compaction I still thought the run looked like death on a stick as far a slides go so I decided to do one last test by skiing down a little in the trees to the east.  Everything felt solid after hard turns on some test slopes so I finally entered the couloir about half way down.  A few good turns in places but more thrilling than fun.  Snow was not great.  Better turns farther down towards the road where the snow was more consistent.


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