Simple is best.
5th February 2015
Simple is best; less is more. There are many similar little sayings which convey the same basic message. Stability evaluation is not too difficult as long as you’re looking in the right place at the right time and have sufficient experience to make valid interpretations. It’s certainly not rocket science. The hasty pit is one of the best diagnostic tests in our ‘tool kit’. The one in the photo above took maybe a minute (tops) and revealed a weak layer I had been chasing all morning. There was a very easy failure beneath about 35cms of slab which allowed the propagation of the shooting crack from my foot which is so obvious in the photo. Tests elsewhere at different altitudes and aspects revealed little similar info but the sweet spot was on steep and sheltered South and South East aspects.
A tour of Coire Chomharsain, picking up all aspects as well as steep and less steep ground. The ‘official’ snowpit, as logged on the SAIS website, was carried out well to the right of Carrie’s Gully. Have to say, it was a nice wee ski today though snow conditions varied quite a lot.
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