This pit was dug at about 3200′ on the SW aspect of Magnum. It
was slightly above the extent of the rain crust that appears to
be as high as about 2800′. The most remarkable thing about this
pit was the failure underneath the bottom crust in the crust
sandwich at the surface.
The big story right now is the rain crust. There is not much
going on as far as deep weak layers at upper elevations right
now, but the rain crust on the surface as of 01/10/2010 could be
a dangerous weak layer in the near future below 2800′. Remember
that most of the steep terrain in the Seattle Creek Bowls is
below 2800′. We will have to keep a close eye on this
potentially dangerous weak layer after the next storm or two.