Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Friendship Pass

Route & General Observations

Skinned up the Independence Mine road, then continued straight back to Friendship Pass.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Intermittent white out clouds and blue skies. No wind. Temps around 10 f.

Snow surface

6" - 16" new snow from previous weeks storms. Very small hoard frost development on the surface.


Dug a pit on a south-southeast aspect at ~4,000'. Snowpack depth 215 cm. Non-reactive ECT test. General observations showed ~10cm of new snow becoming progressively more consolidated from top to bottom; right side up new snow. Below the new snow layer was a consolidate (1 finger) hardness slab 1.5m thick. This was as far down as we dug. One interesting observation was a very sugary/faceted layer of snow that could be felt when reaching down below the test depth which made us think there could still be a deep persistent issue.

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