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Avalanche Risk (Local)
21/10/2018 18:01hrs
HIGH ALPINE
(Above 1800m)
CONSIDERABLE
Dangerous conditions, conservative decision making essential!
ALPINE
(1200m - 1800m)
MODERATE
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features.
SUB ALPINE
(Below 1200m)
LOW
Generally safe, watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
Mountain Conditions
General Conditions (Updated 1758hrs Sun 21st October, 2018):
Poor overnight freezes / high daytime temperatures this past few days has led to very slushy conditions on many aspects, even to high altitude, as the isothermic snow-pack melts out rapidly, self arrests are near impossible (slide for life)! There is also an increased risk of initiating point release or wet sluffs on some steep terrain features, particularly in areas surrounded by rock. Plan your ascents/descents carefully to avoid dodgy terrain, such as convex rolls, near cliffs, narrow gullies, and poor run-out prospects should a wet slide initiate.

Some natural avalanche activity reported from the northwestern ranges (Taramakau) in recent days, and some activity in and about Mt Rolleston reported.

A considerable amount of snow-pack from 1600m - 1800m has disappeared this week.

Rapid snow-melt is now upon us and tributary rivers are starting to react particularly in the PM (major rivers are still sinking into their beds); the river you cross in the AM may not be the same beast in the PM, take care!

NOTE: The MSC Avalanche Reporting for the Arthur's Pass area is currently being done "remotely" from the Craigieburn Range (there is no forecaster at Temple Basin this year). To assist in getting this report more accurate please enter your avalanche & snow-pack observations into their Public Reporting Page.

I have been completely rewriting the "Arthur's Pass Climbing Guide", this is a huge project; most of the beta in it comes from the 1990's when I was young, stupid, had little fear (and many less climbing injuries), and we had not been rattled severely by so many route damaging earthquakes; it definitely needs updating and correction. To assist with this I have placed the entire updated guide online HERE, feel free to comment on routes, or provide climbing topos, as I've run out of time to complete these at present.

Cheers - Graeme -
  • Mt Philistine - (1800m - 1900m, SE Aspect)(AVO) 15/10/2018
    Mt Philistine - (1800m - 1900m, SE Aspect)
  • Mt Rolleston (1700 - 1800m E Aspect) Goldney Glacier(AVO) 15/10/2018
    Mt Rolleston (1700 - 1800m E Aspect) Goldney Glacier
  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)(New) 21/10/2018
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Mt Bowers (1891m)14/10/2018
    Mt Bowers (1891m)
  • Mt Edgar Evans (2019m)14/10/2018
    Mt Edgar Evans (2019m)
  • Mt Franklin (2145m)14/10/2018
    Mt Franklin (2145m)
  • Mt Oates (2041m)14/10/2018
    Mt Oates (2041m)
  • Mt Philistine (1967m)14/10/2018
    Mt Philistine (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge14/10/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge14/10/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Mt Wilson (2035m)14/10/2018
    Mt Wilson (2035m)
  • Bealey / Hut Spur (1545m)09/10/2018
    Bealey / Hut Spur (1545m)
  • Mt Bruce (1630m) - North aspect09/10/2018
    Mt Bruce (1630m) - North aspect
  • Lyell Peak (1828m)07/10/2018
    Lyell Peak (1828m)
  • Mt Bealey (1836m) - Northeast aspect07/10/2018
    Mt Bealey (1836m) - Northeast aspect
  • Mt Scott (2009m)06/10/2018
    Mt Scott (2009m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) -  Crow Face28/09/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - East Crow Glacier28/09/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - East Crow Glacier
  • Mt Stewart (1934m)28/09/2018
    Mt Stewart (1934m)
  • Mt Harper (2222m)26/09/2018
    Mt Harper (2222m)
  • Mt Speight (2116m) - Speight Buttress26/09/2018
    Mt Speight (2116m) - Speight Buttress
  • Mt Campbell (1829m)25/09/2018
    Mt Campbell (1829m)
  • Mt Guinevere (2042m)25/09/2018
    Mt Guinevere (2042m)
  • Mt Lancelot (2112m)25/09/2018
    Mt Lancelot (2112m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow icefall25/09/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow icefall
  • Blimit (1921m)23/09/2018
    Blimit (1921m)
  • Mt Aicken (1858m)22/09/2018
    Mt Aicken (1858m)
  • Mt Cassidy (1850m)21/09/2018
    Mt Cassidy (1850m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face20/09/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Chockstone Route20/09/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Chockstone Route
  • Mt Temple (1913m)20/09/2018
    Mt Temple (1913m)
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge20/09/2018
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge
  • Mt Alexander (1958m)11/09/2018
    Mt Alexander (1958m)
  • Mt Armstrong (2110m)11/09/2018
    Mt Armstrong (2110m)
  • Mt Barron (1730m)11/09/2018
    Mt Barron (1730m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access11/09/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access
  • Mt Temple (east approach)11/09/2018
    Mt Temple (east approach)
  • Philistine Traverse11/09/2018
    Philistine Traverse
  • Hills Peak (1640m)09/09/2018
    Hills Peak (1640m)
  • Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)09/09/2018
    Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)
  • Mt Stuart (1906m)09/09/2018
    Mt Stuart (1906m)
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)04/09/2018
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)
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Weather Information
SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE IN NEXT 5 DAYS!
Tuesday
23 Oct

6 / 20ºC
Wednesday
24 Oct

7 / 14ºC
Thursday
25 Oct

0 / 9ºC
Friday
26 Oct

2 / 10ºC
Saturday
27 Oct

2 / 11ºC
Sunday
28 Oct

2 / 10ºC
Monday
29 Oct

1 / 9ºC
Tuesday
30 Oct

1 / 10ºC
Wednesday
31 Oct

3 / 11ºC
Thursday
1 Nov

1 / 10ºC
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Update:23/10/18 18:00hrs
 
LATEST DAILY READINGS
Update: 23/10/18 16:51hrs NZST
Sunrise: 5:31hrs
Sunset: 19:09hrs
Temperature: 15.0ºC  (Falling)
Temperature (Low): 7.8ºC
Temperature (High): 19.8ºC
Wind Chill: 14.0ºC
Humidity: 62%  (Rising)
Barometer: 1016.64mb (Rising)
Wind Speed: 19km/h
Wind Direction: WNW
Wind Gust: 71km/h (11:57hrs)
Cloud Base: 1630m ASL
Freezing Level: 3338m
Daily Rainfall: 0mm
24 Hour Rain: 0mm

SNOW MODEL
Last Update: 23/10/2018 16:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Alt. Temp: 13.4ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 26.2kmph
Alt. Av. Windspeed: 19.5kmph
Alt. Max. Windspeed: 38.3kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: N/A
Last Snowfall: 10 days ago
7 Day Snowfall: 0.0cm
Snowpack Depth: 109.3cm
REMOTE WEATHER STATIONS
 
Location
UpdatedToday's
Rainfall
2 Day
Rainfall
3 Day
Rainfall
Mid Poulter River23/10/2018 - 16:30hrs0.0mm0mm0mm
Grasmere Stn23/10/2018 - 16:05hrs0.0mm0mm0mm
Mt Cheeseman23/10/2018 - 16:05hrs0.0mm0mm0mm

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