Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Independence Mine / NW Aspect of Marmot

Route & General Observations

Went for a tour aiming to get up the bench between N aspect of Marmot and Microdot, while opening track, we had a lot of whoomphing and propagation, with a remote “slide” compressed in a small slope.
Turned around and went to have fun in other slope by the mine.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

Whumphing while approaching and opening track. Propagating underneath.
A 32º slope had a collapse into a 21º convexity, it didn't propagate as slide, but created shooting cracks and compressed snow in the lower angle.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Sunny and clear skies, no wind.
2 to 0 º C Air Temps.

I got cloudy later in the day.

Snow surface

Supportable crust on top of sugar at the very base.
Early season bed surface.


Informal pole tests. No snow pit in that route.

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