Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Independence mine

Route & General Observations

Our group got a round today. We started for Babyruth but changed plans when the sun popped out. Lots of flagging on ridges. We watched several natural storm avis. One on Eldorado bench. A pretty large one off of the west facing peak just south of Babyruth. Then headed for Microdot. Sun warmed up the snow so riding was slow. Then off to the shade on a more easterly face. Nice dry powder.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Dry Loose SnowAspect East Southeast
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Natural storm avis on several slopes. Two noted earlier. Several others on Rae Wallace, Bolder Garden and Pinnacle, Microdot northwest shoulder, Marmot.

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

Fresh snow wasn't quite read yet on larger slopes. Wind flagging on ridges. We saw several groups turn around from there objectives.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Started cloudy with 10-15mph winds pushing up the valley. Clouds cleared afternoon. Winds slowed later in the afternoon

Snow surface

7-8" new snow at mine parking. More up valley. Wind transported snow wasn't stabbing yet in the areas we were in. Mostly just fluffy pow.


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