Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Independence Mine Area

Route & General Observations

Group A toured up to the slope on the west side on Independence Mine. Group B toured up to Murphy Lake/Bench. Group C tour up to a bench between Rae Wallace and Mircodot.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger UnknownRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Hard SlabAspect Southeast
Elevation 4000ftSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

Seen from Murphy Lake, above Gold Cord Mine on a bench near the death traverse. Looked to be a wind slab. Looked fresher than other debris, but unknown when it occurred.

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

Only one group observed a recent avalanche, above Gold Cord Mine on the death traverse.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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No new snow. Light to calm winds. Temps felt in the upper teens.

Snow surface

Variable snow surface. Mostly wind effected. Breakable soft wind skin. Some pockets of soft snow.


Snowpack was generally right side up. Found chained depth hoar in some pits. Group A dug pits at 3500’ on a E aspect. All pits had CTN and ECTX. Group B dug pits at 3800’ on a SE aspect. All pits had CTN and ECTX.Group C dug pits at 3450’ on a W aspect. A pit had CT30down25cmQ3, ECTX.
Overall the stability was good.