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March 8 near wa pass
« on: 03/08/17, 09:23 PM »

FWIW-Out solo today poaching trails, Hasty pit near wa pass (close enough right)on 30 degree protected north slope at approx 6100' med q1 shear at embeded ice crust with approx 1'' sugar snow on top of the ice crust with approx 32'' slab.

Ski cut on 40 degree roll off  of top ridge at approx 7000'- no results.

One natural d2 from ne face cornice sub ridge at approx 5800' that occured during yesterday's into this morning's storm. Approx 8'' new.

Boy i need to carry a tape measure and maybe a scope. Tried to view the sugar snow and saw some broken bits of old snow and some 1mm facets.
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Re: March 8 near wa pass
« Reply #1 on: 03/09/17, 10:54 AM »

I like reading about your field observations!  Sounds like the terrain can be pretty complex up there....
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Re: March 8 near wa pass
« Reply #2 on: 03/10/17, 05:42 PM »

Yes, we have a wide range of conditions. The further east you go, the less snow. So for example, on the east end of delancy ridge, which turns into driveway butte, a thin snowpack of about  10'' stayed there throughout our early artic blast.

while i didn't check it out at that location, the assumption would be that all that snow became rotten to the ground and could be a future concern.

After some loading and sun later in the season- two very large climax avalanches occured there. Snow coming out of the rocks triggered those point releases.

the above observation in the op was from the 'powder cache'  in a protected area that hadn't been skied.

I did a similar hasty pit just a while earlier at an area real near that one, protected from wind and sun, but had seen heavy skier traffic and i couldn't get any shear off the ice crust.

Just goes to show how useless one pit data point can be, especially when the exact location is not known.

big changes in skier volume this year.

Despite the image that folks who  battle me here on tay like to portray, (i assume because of my public land use concerns), we have a very giving community of local bc skiers and local snowmobilers.

Sometimes when i'm out doing my solo thing, i imagine what it would be like to be the only skier that ever skied here and truely wanted it all to themselves.

It would be very lonely not to be part of a giving ski scene culture.

My desire is that everyone play safe and i want to be a part of making that happen.

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