Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Microdot/Elderado Bowl/Next to Independance Mine

Route & General Observations

Ascended SW aspect of Microdot to 4000′

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger No
Avalanche Type Dry Loose SnowAspect East Southeast
ElevationunknownSlope Angle 40deg
Crown DepthunknownWidth 15ft
Vertical Run 80ft  
Avalanche Details

Numerous D1 Dry loose avalanches on steep East to SE aspects

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

Small N dry loose

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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No new snow
Broken to overcast
Winds calm
Temps 5F - 10F

Snow surface

10cm low density new snow from overnight at 3400'
15cm at 4000'


We dug pits on: Eldorado Bowl at 3700' on NE w HS=165cm, behind Independence Mine 3480' on East aspect and Microdot at 3990' on a SW aspect with an HS=185cm.

All pits revealed a right side up snowpack with overall good stability with the exception of weak surface snow. Surface snow consisted of 10-15cm of new snow on top of 20cm low density old snow. None of the tests had propagation.