Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Hatcher Pass - Hatch Peak N ridge

Route & General Observations

Travelled up towards Hatcher Pass Proper to dig pits on NW side of Hatch Peak, and do recon after the storm.
Winds gusting 10-15 ESE
Travelled in the ping pong ball with little to no visibility
No collapsing, whumping, or cracking observed

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

Human triggered soft slab on SW face of Marmot. See other obs

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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16-18 inches new snow since last storm
Obscured sky
10-15 mph gust wind
-10deg C at 4000' at 1400

Snow surface

New snow, stellars, decomposing fragments


see pit
Basal facets are well developed, weak, and show propagation potential. A rapid load or weather event could awaken this avalanche problem.

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