Observation: Chugach State Park

Location: Peak 3

Route & General Observations

Standard up-track towards the lower west facing flank at approx 2,700 ft. I performed two instability tests after experiencing a localized but audible whumph on the ascent track.

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

Localized, audible whumph when I approached a wind-slab flank to test depth.
No cracking
No observed releases

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Broken skies with afternoon sun peaking through clouds
Consistent, light winds from East
-2°C @ 2,000ft
-5°C @ 2,700 ft

Snow surface

Decomposing PP 1mm over loose near-surface facets (1-2mm)
Isolated and variable pockets of F hard surface adjacent to P hard win crust in exposed surfaces.
No snow accumulation on tree branches/alders.
Ski/Boot: 0-10cm/ 20-50cm


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