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Recreational Observation

Bullion Basin to Cement Basin

Jan. 6, 2019, 3 p.m. PST

Weather: Mostly cloudy, calm to light winds and snow increasing by late afternoon

Snowpack: Dug two quick shallow pits looking for buried surface hoar and/or windslabs in the upper snowpack. Found decomposing buried surface hoar still reactive in snowpit tests (see blurry pic attached). At 5700' in Bullion on SW, CTM(13) Q1 sudden planar ~40 cm down. Approximately 10cm NS sitting on stout rain crust with little to no wind effect. Several noticeable crusts (4?) in the top half meter with at least two above the suspect layer. At 6100 in Cement, CTM (12) Q1 sudden planar 45cm down with HS 165. 15cm NS, little wind effect. We were surprised by the limited amount of evident wind transport in areas traveled although there was noticeably more snow about 300 feet off ridgelines and a few small fresh cornices.

Area Description: East Peak area

Observation by Rusty M

Latitude: 46.941446

Longitude: -121.445535

Did you see any avalanches? No

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No