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Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Marmot test slope

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Route & General Observations

Windswept landscapes, upside down snowpack, DFr surface snow, heavily rimed new snow 5″ at 3500′. Road conditions difficult driving, similar to driving on the beach, squirrely sand, no plow in sight at 4pm.

 

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Hard Slab
Aspect SouthwestElevation 4400ft
Slope AngleunknownCrown Depthunknown
WidthunknownVertical Rununknown
Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Strong winds transporting snow rapidly into wind slabs
Pluming on peaks

Snow surface

Surface snow = Rimed Decomposed Fragmented
HN 5"

Snowpack

moderate to strong strength, poor structure, high energy, poor continuity

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