Observation: Douglas Island

Location: Troy Saddle

Route & General Observations

Up skin track to the point where one would divert to go towards False Troy.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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First wave of precip and wind starting up as the front of the mega storm was approaching. Just missed the morning light...

Snow surface

wind broken precipitation particles, soft and smooth


Dug two pits at the first roll over going north from the skin track where wind loading was/had been occurring. One for layer identification and another for stability tests. Deep Extended Column Test sudden planar propagation on the November 1st "super crust". Isolating cord did not cut through the crust. Propagation Saw Test failed after cutting 45cm from the bottom on a 200cm long column. The column was wider than the saw so it may have failed sooner if the column was cut all the way through. The super crust is now 150 cm deep here, quite a slab that will be tested this week with the heavy rains forecasted. Thought I'd post this just incase anyone was considering getting into exposed terrain during the atmospheric rivers...

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