Today we toured up “Mini Gash.” We dug along the ridge in several locations, general finding no significant instabilities. We did find a thin layer of near-surface facets producing clean planar breaks, 6inches (16cm) to 12 inches (32cm) down.
We triggered a soft slab on a slope 35 to 40 degrees steep through open trees on the descent. The crown was 6 inches in depth and 30 feet wide. The slide was of relatively low consequence, but the destructive size will quickly grow with additional loading from wind or snow. We suspect near-surface facets to be the weak layer in this avalanche.
Steep trees below Gash
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Layer Depth/Date: 6 to 12 inches down (16 to 32cm)