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ObserverGareth Brown

General Observations

Went to Heiden Glacier and found a variety of stripped snow and 10-30 cm's of pencil hard wind slab on the approach.  No reaction, shooting cracks or collapsing on test slopes.  Skied a NE facing ramp and found that the snow had mostly been stripped down to old snow by wind.  The snow that was stripped from this NE aspect had been redistributed to the other side of the ridge "NW" where it had formed wind slab.  We did not test or ski NW aspects.  Dug a pit at 5200', NE 40 degrees HS:220cm's, ECTX.

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