Enjoyed a windy cool day in White River Canyon the other day with a couple buddies.
Despite the cold active wind loading we managed to snake our way along the southwest edge and crossed one covered drainage to a minor moraine that consisted of a healthy mix of wind-loaded drops, icy wind battered crests with pockets of wind sculpted powder.
I attempted to get one small wind-loaded SW aspect test slope to slide, but it presented with stability for my weight. The angle was about 34 degrees and above tree line. Lower down in the trees on a SSW 35 degree slope I walked or wallowed through the crest of a waist deep sheltered powder slope, the slope had sparse anchors and I could not feel any inconsistencies.
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