Toured up the Shed 6/7 ridge, across the top of the Shed 7 East SZ and continued on ridge to the upper starting zone of Shed 7 West. Conducted snow observations and stability tests in the upper starting zone of Shed 7 West. Descended the Shed 7 West path.
Overcast skies, light snow, moderate westerly winds with occasional easterly gusts, Air temperature ranged between the teens °F at Canyon floor elevations and 20s°F at our upper most elevation.
No obvious signs of instability.
Surface snow consisted of unconsolidated precipitation particles on top of a well-established rain crust at elevations below 6000 feet elevation (a.s.l).
Above 6000 feet, evidence of the subsurface rain crust diminished and surface snow consisted of unconsolidated snow atop more robust subsurface snow layers.
Recent windslabs and wind loading on easterly aspects above 5400 feet elevation a.s.l.
Conducted full profile and stability tests at 6638 in the starting zone of Shed 7 West. Profile was full-depth and on a 32 degree southeasterly aspect. HS= 205. Stability test results: ECTN20@ 150 cm. DT24@20. Q3
Refer to attached profile for further details.
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