Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Bennets ridge

Route & General Observations

Skinned up summit lake road then up Bennet’s ridge and did 2 laps. Variable conditions some packed powder, little ice. Visibility (flat lighting) went from little to none as the day progressed, made us head out early.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

None seen in observations or pits.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Cloudy, ~10mph winds on ridge. 5-10 below ridge. Temp around freezing. Very flat light, difficult to see contours.

Snow surface

Very variable snow: wind crust on ridge, some packed powder, little ice.


First pit: 220 cm snow depth, north aspect 26° slope about 250' from saddle on summit lake pass. Dug down 100 cm, 1F to pencil hardness the entire pit. ECTX seemed stable. No signs of instability.
Pit 2: similar aspect/ slope. CTX. Similar hardness. 240 cm snow depth.