Thursday, January 16, 2014

Williams Peak Yurt Day 2

Part 2 of 3

Day 2:  Hut life is good.

Our day consisted of real world companion rescue situations. We broke down to our tour groups and had to do a multi-burrial rescue on 2 different slopes.  Its pretty tough navigating down hill on a Splitboard with skins on in Heavy, wet, sloppy snow.  Our group gelled great and preformed well together in both recovery efforts.  After a debrief and a quick bite to eat, it was time for a short tour to have a real evaluation of our snowpack.  

Pretty alarming snowpack with all this new heavy wet snow on top of a super weak layer.  Basically an upside down snowpack situation creates very unstable conditions widespread throughout.  I could go into details but lets just say it was dangerous. We were able to do a couple of snow pack stability test to prove our assumptions. 

 Coming in Day 3.....Powder Turns and more weak snowpack.
Morning view with some fresh heavy wet snow
Ridges are safe
Poor Visibility 
Chris our Guide
Week Layer of Concern 

Compression test
Didn't take much
Rutschblock test
RB2- Big Slab release 

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