Redcone - ECTs still propagating

Redcone Bowl
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Saturday, December 26, 2020 - 3:00pm
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Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 35' 47.5728" N, 119° 1' 26.9472" W
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Headed up to Redcone this afternoon to check on new snow and basal facets.  ~3-5" of new dense snow in sheltered areas, many areas less due to strong winds during majority of snowfall.  As I passed the Sherwins, SW winds were ripping across the southerly slopes.  Snowfall in late afternoon was light, and winds decreased dramatically ~2:00pm as it shifted out of the NE from SW.  Found only a couple micro-wind deposits that were sensitive where I travelled from below tree-line to just barely above treeline.  i dug a hole about 1/3 of the way up the north face of redcone in a wind deposited area below some rocks and found 1.5m deep snowpack.  Chilly air temp ~2:30pm of -6.5°C.  See snow profile and snowpack photo.  ECT tests failed and propagated in 2 locations.  ECTP15 just below ~20cm of new dense wind deposited snow, and ECTP27 a meter down in the top of the facet layer (failure propagated down deeper into facets as it cracked across column.).  Top of north facing slope of redcone still very wind stripped at the top.  No other signs of instability encountered in my limited travels.  Wouldn't be suprised if sensitive windslabs could be found today in other areas.  Weak snowpack structure keeps me thinking twice about steep consequential terrain, even without the fear of obstacles.  

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Snowpack in drifted-in area below rocks - N Face Redcone
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