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The BCA ECT Cord is a new addition to the BCA snow study tools, this two-meter cord has knots every 10 inches (25 cm), and two swaged aluminium teeth at the centre to cut through snow and crust when performing an avalanche snow pack extended column test. Handles on each end provide grip while sawing.

How to execute an Extended Column Test:

While the compression test looks at snow fracture initiation (is the snowpack going to crack?) the extended column test looks at snow propagation propensity (is the fracture going to propagate across the slope?).

Like the compression test, this is valid for four-finger or harder (so, 4F, 1F, P, K, I) in snow up to 100cm deep. If there is a weak layer in the snow pack in question that is 100cm deep, you can isolate the column up to 120cm wide in order to test the layer at 100cm depth.

Isolate a 30cm upslope x 90cm wide column of snow, isolate 15cm to 120cm deep.

Place the avalanche shovel blade on top of the column.

Tap ten-times from the wrist, ten-times from the elbow, ten-times from the shoulder (10-10-10). Look for any fractures in the column of snow AND propagation. Fracture being a crack and propagation being the crack that shoots across the entire column of snow.

Grab the column and jiggle it. How does it feel? How stable is the snowpack?

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    Provided your item is unused and in original condition within 31 days of order (including all labels, tags, product boxes, accessories and bags intact), you can send the item/items back for a refund or exchange. Please ensure all Returns are carefully packaged as they may be refused if items arrive damaged due to improper packaging.

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    Should you choose to return your order and request an exchange, the exchange  will be sent the day after your return has been checked and logged, provided the requested exchange item is in-stock. You will be charged for any additional postage. To ensure you get the item you wish, it will be quicker and simpler to order the new item and send the old one back as a return and request a refund.

    You will receive a refund for any difference in price, if a lower value item has been chosen in exchange (minus the cost of any original shipping charge.

    BCA ECT Cord

    BCA ECT Cord

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