Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Arkose Ridge.

Route & General Observations

Alaska Guide Collective Avy 2 class. Skinned 2 miles up Little Su from Gold Mint TH. Climbed to 2800’ on variable wind crust, NE aspect of Arkose ridge.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Collapsing and shooting cracks noted on wind crust along the route.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Increasing clouds. Light winds out of the east in the valley. Temperature 21F.

Snow surface

Variable wind slab up to 20 cm with good facet skiing interspersed between crusts.


6 snow pits dug at 2800’ NE aspect.
0-20 cm pencil hardness wind slab above variable facets and crusts.
In greater than 15cm wind slab: ECTP 15 below the slab
In less than 15cm slab: ECTX

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