Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Friendship Pass

Route & General Observations

We toured up from the Independence Bowl Parking Lot to Friendship Pass and back.

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

Old R2D1 avalanche on SW flank of drainage leading up to Friendship Pass.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear skies, light winds, temperature = 27.6 F (Marmot Mtn Wx Station)

Snow surface

Hard crust leading to pass with occasional inch or two of recycled surface powder.


Pit dug just on the NW side of Friendship Pass. HS=270 cm. CT17, Q2 at 40cm; ECTP25, Q2, at 50 cm.

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