|Location:||Lower Arkos ridge|
Route & General Observations
Hatcher Pass, lower Arkos ridge
|Trigger||Natural||Avalanche Type||Hard Slab||Aspect||West Northwest|
|Elevation||2200ft||Slope Angle||33deg||Crown Depth||3ft|
I accidentally spooked a moose onto a Lee sloping aspect, in this case west/northwest facing slope, as I was touring uphill. Within seconds of the moose traversing off center of ridge, to the west, the entire slope gave way with an enormous force, propagating to the northwestern face. The moose disappeared and I believe is buried just 50 yards below the crown In a terrain trap of thick alders, which appears to be deadly in this case. I approached the debris pile where I believed the moose might be, but was unsuccessful in digging it out as I was only packing water and binoculars....traveling solo in late afternoon. Hopefully it didn't get buried and managed to ride it out to the lower slopes where I couldn't see. Tomorrow I will find out if I got some snow kill to deal with. If so stay tuned. Please be more than safe out there.
Obvious signs of instability
|Recent Avalanches?||Yes||Collapsing (Whumphing)?||Yes||Cracking (Shooting cracks)?||Yes|
Natural slides on western aspects
6-8" new snow, 12-17F, 5-8mph winds
New snow 6"
Dangerous buried hard slab layer resting on faceted rounds!!!! Top layer is a few inches of fresh powder. No pit information. (Try digging a pit into a slope you can barely kick steps into.) Stability test conducted by by full grown Cow moose.