Out again in the Mission Ridge area. Poked into a north slope.
Jan. 15, 2017, 1 p.m. PST
Weather: Clear, calm, just below freezing at 5760' midday
Snowpack: Got a chance to look at a slightly deeper and shadier aspect than we dug in yesterday. On a north slope at 5760' we found 10mm surface hoar 45cm down. Test results on this layer included CTH Q2, ECTN 25, ECTP 27 and PST End 65/100. This location had less pronounced weak snow near the ground than E aspect looked at yesterday. Tried loading small test slopes with multi person loads no results.
Area Description: Clara / Marion basin.
Avalanches: Osbserved a recent natural avalanche from 1/2 mile away. It was at 6000' on a ~40 deg E slope. Looked like wind slab built of most recent storm snow. Could not see entire path but would estimate it R2D2, 40cm deep x 20m wide. Could only see top 30m of path with no debris visible.
Observation by Nick Pope
Did you see any avalanches? Yes
Did you trigger any avalanches? No
Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No