What a crowd for November! If those groups really weren't placing pro they were putting themselves and those below them in quite a dangerous situation. The Chute was so icy that if someone started sliding self-arrest would not be a possibility.
You're absolutely right. We were very anxiously looking on. The other problem was, it was getting about 10am in the morning and ice chunks were coming down the chute constantly.
Part of the reason we didn't even try.