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Observations

Region: Summit
Location: Wrong mountain, North of Carter lake
Observer:
Date:

Route & General Observations

Wrong mountain. North of Carter lake, when looking north from the lake up slope in the ridge of trees. Hiked up from Carter ptarmigan hunting (none to be had), stayed toward the east through the obvious path avoiding the steeper area. Reached the ridge put on snow shoes and hiked around the ridge, still no birds. I went around a band of trees at this point. I was going to hike to where I came up but decided to take off my snow shoes. I took both snow shoes off and heard a very quit whoomph. About 45′ away on the steeper slope an avalanche occurred.

Avalanche Details

Avalanche details

Trigger Foot PenetrationAvalanche Type Hard SlabAspect South
Elevation 1700ftSlope Angle 35degCrown Depth 14in
Width 40ftLength 125ft  

Observer Comments

Remotely triggered. Slid on depth hoar near the ground. Wind loaded near trees.

Red Flags

Obvious signs of instability

Recent Avalanches?NoCollapsing (Whumphing)?YesCracking (Shooting cracks)?No

Observer Comments

Only collapse I heard was at the time of avalanche

Weather

Weather

Blue Bird, Calm, no new snow

Snow Characteristics

Snow surface

Variable

Snowpack

Shallow

Photos & Video

Photos



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