Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: MicroDot Peak

Route & General Observations

MicroDot Peak. Skinned up from Independence Bowl Parking Lot to lower south slope of MicroDot Peak and on up to picnic bench at 4200′. Six inches of powder on a supportable crust for most of the route. Observed old soft slab avalanches starting from 4800′ and running full length down SSW face to the looker’s right of Swimmin’ Tim run.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect South Southwest
Elevation 4800ftSlope Angle 45deg
Crown DepthunknownWidth 100ft
Vertical Run 800ft  
Avalanche Details

Soft slab. Loading form last storm. SS-NS-R4-D2.5-G

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

Other than old avalanches, no signs of instability

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Snow surface

4-6" old powder on supportable crust.


For the course of the tour, I skinned mostly through 4-6" old powder on a supportable crust. For the location of the pit, see attached image.

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