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Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Peak 4068, NE and NW aspects; Hatch Peak, NE aspect; and Marmot Peak, NW aspect

Route & General Observations

Toured up into Rae-Wallace Bowl and then to Picnic Bench (4200′) on west ridge of MicroDot.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalAvalanche Type Wet Slab
Aspect UnknownElevation 3600ft
Slope Angle 35degCrown Depthunknown
WidthunknownVertical Rununknown
Avalanche Details

Spring shed cycle. Large sympathetic releases on NE and NW faces of Peak 4068 that Ranger Pagni reported. Released between 6:00 and 8:00 a.m. yesterday, 5/18. Ran to ground and full length. Wet slab releases on NE faces of Hatch Peak and a multitude of point releases covering the NW face of Marmot (Rae-Wallace chutes).

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Increasing solar radiation and moderate wind events over last 24-48 hours.

Snow surface

Wet heavy snow over top 6", firm base underneath.

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