E side of pump peak

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On approach to Caldwell Creek (bootpacking, not riding today) we noticed some signs of cohesion among the top ~20cm snow sitting on top of a crust (possibly sun crust) on E facing slope w/o tree cover. Location was not safe enough to dig a pit for more info, but these instances of that top 20cm starting to behave like a slab was in contrast to how unconsolidated it was elsewhere, and varied from our expectations based on the forecast.

Snow conditions were: Wind affected, Powder. Weather conditions were: Cold, Cloudy. We avoided: Sunny slopes. Riding quality was ok.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN