Mount Ellinor winter route( chute).
Jan. 31, 2016, 11:15 a.m. PST
Weather: Partly sunny. Mostly clear.
Snowpack: Snow Pit (east side of chute near the base) Elevation: 1,402 meters | 4600 feet Slope angle: 40 Aspect: south south-east (165) Snowpack: 200+ cm 1. Shovel Sheer test --no results 2. CTx --no results. Slight insignificant fracture at 6 cm which is the new snow. 3. ECTx --no results, but decided to continue to see if we could get propagation, which we did at ECTP 32. Failure was at 70 cm which is where the freeze had stopped or not reached, and the layer below that is very wet somewhat slushy snow. Fracture was very course –non-sheer plane-- indicating good bonding within the two layers. With continued freezing temperatures, I would anticipate the snow layer continuing to become stable.
Area Description: Olympic national forest Lake Chushman area: Mount Ellinor
Avalanches: No red flags the whole day. It was obvious to stay out of the bowl on the North & East side due to severe wind loading. Witnessed pin-wheels and rollers, but no loose wet avalanches observed, nor any evidence of triggered loose wet avalanche.
Observation by David Geeraerts
Did you see any avalanches? No
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No