Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Thousand Dollar Run beneath NE face of Hatch Peak

Route & General Observations

Toured up the 1000 dollar run from first bend in the road to the Pass. No whumphing or shooting cracks. Non-reactive stability tests in pit at 3457′ (see photo below). Evidence of storm cycle, 3-15/16 and 3/19 slab releases (See photos below). An enjoyable day with some old powder on shaded aspects.

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

North face of East ridge of Hatch Peak and NE face of Hatch Peak proper evidenced several old crown faces from last storm cycle.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Clear skies, calm wind conditions, temperature on summit of Marmot at 33 F.

Snow surface

On surfaces in shade with a bit of slope, 20 degrees or more, old powder, ~15 cm deep. On sun-exposed and more level surfaces especially higher up on ridge where also more wind-exposed, we found varying crust conditions.


See pit photo below. Non-reactive profile.

Photos & Video
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