Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Microdot

Route & General Observations

Skinned up the normal southern up track. 1.5 cm rain-crust overlaying powder. We had planned to snowboard the standard southern gully. Head a whump while laying the skin track from lower shoulder to the top. Triggered one shooting crack. Skied down skin track.

Red Flags
Red flags are simple visual clues that are a sign of potential avalanche danger. Please record any sign of red flags below.
Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?No
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?Yes
Observer Comments

One whump on southern face leading up to microdot. One shooting crack on southeastern face at the top of microdot.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear skies. 30F

Snow surface

rain-crust overlaying powder


Dug a small pit at the top of microdot on a shallow, southeastern aspect ~35° slope. CTM 15 Q2. Failed on storm slab at 25cm beneath snow surface ( approximately 75 cm from ground).