Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Independence Mine, Microdot

Route & General Observations

Toured up to where microdot starts to get steep from independence mine parking lot. Followed a skin track from another guy who was doing laps. One whumpf that was very loud on the skin up. Probably about eight inches of fresh snow plus what else fell since 1/15. We dug a pit at 3700 and got mixed results. Failure on the new snow that fell last weekend. Low visibility and wet snow falling.

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

Recent avalanches off steeper slopes of marmot and skyscraper. Some roller balls. One whumpf but didn’t see any shooting cracks.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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27 degrees and poor visibility
Wet snow coming down
Slight breeze coming from NE

Snow surface

Medium heavy/wet snow. Seemed like 8 inches new since last weekend.


Dug a pit at about 3700.

CT15 Q2 about 15 cm down from the top
ECTN15 about 15 cm down from the top

Shovel shear did break below the 12/26 raincrust

Pit had minimal slope and was SE facing in general.