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Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Marmot, South Ridge

Route & General Observations

This was an avalanche reported to HPAC today by a person who interviewed the party who triggered the avalanche

Avalanche Details
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Trigger Foot PenetrationAvalanche Type Hard Slab
Aspect South SouthwestElevation 2800ft
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depthunknown
WidthunknownVertical Rununknown
Avalanche Details

Hikers on the south ridge of Marmot were reported to have decided that they should go no further and descend. While descending and traversing along the top of a bench searching for a route down, they triggered an avalanche from above. No one caught.
They were hiking in an area that had a recent avalanche on Friday, on the same aspect as they were, on the pitch above them. See photos.
Picture shows a second group of hikers following the first group's tracks (who triggered the avalanche) from earlier in the day.

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

Unknown observations of collapsing and cracking.
There was an avalanche from Friday, visible near this location.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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This slope was identified by aspect, elevation and leeward feature, as a problem location in the advisory.

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