I went out today to scout conditions for the 10th grade Winter Trip and found some really interesting snow. There is about 10-12 new inches of snow in the Galena Summit area in the last two days, seasoned with some pretty strong winds. The hazard rating was considerable. I was solo so I stayed in green light terrain--but most likely would have done so with a larger group--given the results I got.
Pretty nice day
Saw at least three naturals: D1-D2 range. Widespread whoomping, some shooting cracks in wind affected areas. Above is one D2 sized natural just to the east of Governor's Punch Bowl. I did several hand shears and got easy results on the new/old inter-phase.
A close look: Starting zone: East exposure Low 40deg. Found a safe zone just above the crown line and did a few stability tests.
Compression Test Extended Column Test: Went on 9 with a Q-2
My conclusions below