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Observations

Region: Hatcher Pass
Location: Marmot, South Ridge
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Route & General Observations

This was an avalanche reported to HPAC today by a person who interviewed the party who triggered the avalanche

Avalanche Details

Avalanche details

Trigger Foot PenetrationAvalanche Type Hard SlabAspect South Southwest
Elevation 2800ftSlope AngleunknownCrown Depthunknown
WidthunknownLengthunknown  

Observer Comments

Hikers on the south ridge of Marmot were reported to have decided that they should go no further and descend. While descending and traversing along the top of a bench searching for a route down, they triggered an avalanche from above. No one caught.
They were hiking in an area that had a recent avalanche on Friday, on the same aspect as they were, on the pitch above them. See photos.
Picture shows a second group of hikers following the first group's tracks (who triggered the avalanche) from earlier in the day.

Red Flags

Obvious signs of instability

Recent Avalanches?YesCollapsing (Whumphing)?NoCracking (Shooting cracks)?No

Observer Comments

Unknown observations of collapsing and cracking.
There was an avalanche from Friday, visible near this location.

Snow Characteristics

Snowpack

This slope was identified by aspect, elevation and leeward feature, as a problem location in the advisory.

Photos & Video

Photos



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