Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Bench Peak

Route & General Observations

slight variation to the standard Pastoral route

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Hard SlabAspect West Southwest
Elevation 4000ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth5ftWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

To north of Bench peak just below ridge line. Approx. 4400-4450' elev. Ran onto lake (LZ). Slide just to north of main avalanche may or may not have been remotely triggered. UNKOWN. Debris from 3rd slide in photo also reaches lake but from much lower elevation and looks to be NE aspect?

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

several other dry slabs observed on mostly S-W initiating around 4000'

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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clear, light and variable 25*F@ 4700'

Snow surface

Did not "corn up" as expected


E-S pockets of isothermal below relatively thin crust by 3 pm

Photos & Video
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