Extended column testing at rutschblock site from 12/22

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Above Solitude near wardner peak traverse at silver mountain
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Silver Valley Area
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Sat, 12/28/2019 - 13:30
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United States
47° 29' 27.132" N, 116° 8' 20.958" W
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We did two ECTs. One failed several times without propogation until we had an ECT15Q3. This column might have been an inaccurate representation of the pack as it had some anchoring in it, that caused the propogation to travel vertically (stepping through several layers) rather than horizontally. The second ECT (video attached) was an ECT22Q2 with full propogation on the layer just above the ground. (We think it’s rounding - slowly- basal facets on top of a thicker crust.)

The entire pack seemed to be comprised of facets. Some smaller and some larger. I saw a softer 3cm patch of faceting at about 50cm that concerned me. There was also a surface hoar sandwich just above a thin rain crust at the top of the pack. (I’d say 1/2cm crust, trace of new snow, 1/2cm surface hoar, 4-5cm new snow, surface hoar.) 

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