Avalanche: Hells Kitchen

Observer Name
Alyson Ward
Observation Date
Friday, December 29, 2017
Occurrence Date
Friday, December 29, 2017
Occurence Time
Overnight

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Location Name or Route
Hell's Kitchen
Elevation
7000
Aspect
Southeast
Slope Angle
40
Trigger
Natural
Avalanche Type
Wet Slab
Avalanche Problem
Persistent Slab
Weak Layer
Facets
Depth
8"
Width
25
Vertical
30
Comments
This slide is about 1/2 mile up off the Franklin Basin Road up Hell's Kitchen canyon. We've seen it slide here several times on our hike in to ski Steam Mill Peak. Widespread collapsing continues, but instability has gotten deeper with collapsing occurring on the sixth time up the same uptrack. Cracking has decreased, but still occurs on wind loaded east slopes. Upper elevation snow is hanging in there thanks to cool winds that are keeping the snow surface cold despite the relatively high temperature.
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