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Avalanche Risk (Local)
15/08/2018 20:44hrs
HIGH ALPINE
(Above 2000m)
CONSIDERABLE
Dangerous conditions, conservative decision making essential!
ALPINE
(1000m - 2000m)
MODERATE
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features.
SUB ALPINE
(Below 1000m)
No Rating
Insufficient information or snow to establish avalanche danger rating
Mountain Conditions
General Conditions (Updated 1031hrs Wed 15th August, 2018):
New snow atop a melt/freeze crust; areas of loose unstable snow are possible. Further snowfall is forecast and may create storm-slab issues. Some cornice collapse noted this morning leading to Class 1 sluffs.

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 -
  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)10/08/2018
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Blimit (1921m)10/08/2018
    Blimit (1921m)
  • Goat Hill (1656m)10/08/2018
    Goat Hill (1656m)
  • Hills Peak (1640m)10/08/2018
    Hills Peak (1640m)
  • Mt Alexander (1958m)10/08/2018
    Mt Alexander (1958m)
  • Mt Armstrong (2110m)10/08/2018
    Mt Armstrong (2110m)
  • Mt Barron (1730m)10/08/2018
    Mt Barron (1730m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face10/08/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge10/08/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Mt Tarapuhi (1605m)10/08/2018
    Mt Tarapuhi (1605m)
  • Mt Temple (1913m)10/08/2018
    Mt Temple (1913m)
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face10/08/2018
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face
  • Mt Philistine (1967m)04/08/2018
    Mt Philistine (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge04/08/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access04/08/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Low Peak04/08/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Low Peak
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Middle Peak04/08/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Middle Peak
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face04/08/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face
  • Mt Stuart (1906m)04/08/2018
    Mt Stuart (1906m)
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge04/08/2018
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge
  • Mt Franklin (2145m)14/07/2018
    Mt Franklin (2145m)
  • Mt Oates (2041m)14/07/2018
    Mt Oates (2041m)
  • Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)14/07/2018
    Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)
  • Mt Aicken (1858m)26/05/2018
    Mt Aicken (1858m)
  • Mt Scott (2009m)26/05/2018
    Mt Scott (2009m)
  • Mt Wilson (2035m)26/05/2018
    Mt Wilson (2035m)
  • Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)13/04/2018
    Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)
  • Lyell Peak (1828m)13/04/2018
    Lyell Peak (1828m)
  • Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect13/04/2018
    Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect
  • Mt Cassidy (1850m)13/04/2018
    Mt Cassidy (1850m)
  • The Spike (1440m)07/04/2018
    The Spike (1440m)
  • Mt Lancelot (2112m)24/02/2018
    Mt Lancelot (2112m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Upper Waimakariri Approaches24/02/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Upper Waimakariri Approaches
  • Philistine Traverse24/02/2018
    Philistine Traverse
  • Mt Guinevere (2042m) - upper Crow Valley approach30/01/2018
    Mt Guinevere (2042m) - upper Crow Valley approach
  • Mt Harper (2222m)30/01/2018
    Mt Harper (2222m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) -  Crow Face30/01/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - East Crow Glacier30/01/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - East Crow Glacier
  • Mt Speight (2116m) - Speight Buttress30/01/2018
    Mt Speight (2116m) - Speight Buttress
  • Mt Stewart (1934m)30/01/2018
    Mt Stewart (1934m)
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Weather Information
Friday
17 Aug

-2 / 7ºC
Saturday
18 Aug

-5 / 3ºC
Sunday
19 Aug

-3 / 5ºC
Monday
20 Aug

0 / 2ºC
Tuesday
21 Aug

-3 / 4ºC
Wednesday
22 Aug

-3 / 3ºC
Thursday
23 Aug

-3 / 4ºC
Friday
24 Aug

-3 / 4ºC
Saturday
25 Aug

-2 / 6ºC
Sunday
26 Aug

-1 / 7ºC
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Update:17/08/18 16:30hrs
 
LATEST DAILY READINGS
Update: 17/8/18 18:21hrs NZST
Sunrise: 7:25hrs
Sunset: 17:54hrs
Temperature: 1.9ºC  (Falling)
Temperature (Low): 1.8ºC
Temperature (High): 6.8ºC
Wind Chill: 1.9ºC
Humidity: 100%  (Rising)
Barometer: 998.55mb (Rising)
Wind Speed: 1km/h
Wind Direction: WNW
Wind Gust: 47km/h (0:00hrs)
Cloud Base: 730m ASL
Freezing Level: 1322m
Daily Rainfall: 8.89mm
Hourly Rain: 0mm/hr
24 Hour Rain: 18.8mm

THIS STORM CYCLE (34hrs)
Storm is currently in a lull period of 2hrs.
Rainfall: 35.56mm
High Rain Rate:  3.4mm/hr @ 12:06hrs 16/08/2018
Temp Low:  2.5ºC
Temp High:  6.7ºC
Wind Gust:  82.0kmph @ 9:18hrs 16/08/2018
Dom.Wind Dir: West
Barometer Low: 994.1mb
SNOW MODEL
Last Update: 17/08/2018 18:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Alt. Temp: -4.3ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 2.0kmph
Alt. Av. Windspeed: 2.9kmph
Alt. Max. Windspeed: 8.1kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: N/A
Alt. 3 Day Rainfall: 1.4mm (Today: 0.1mm)
Daily Snowfall: 5.0cm
Snowfall Max. Intensity: 1.4cm/hr (12:04hrs)
Storm Snowfall (29hrs): 25.5cm
7 Day Snowfall: 25.5cm
Snowpack Depth: 231.1cm
Windslab S: 21.1cm
Windslab E: 11.9cm
Surface Stability (@ 35º): Very Poor (Warning: Slab present!)
Avalanche Chance: 65%
REMOTE WEATHER STATIONS
 
Location
UpdatedToday's
Rainfall
2 Day
Rainfall
3 Day
Rainfall
Carrington Hut17/08/2018 - 16:05hrs18.5mm76mm77.5mm
Mid Poulter River17/08/2018 - 16:30hrs5.0mm23mm25mm
Grasmere Stn17/08/2018 - 16:05hrs0.5mm6mm6.5mm
Mt Cheeseman17/08/2018 - 16:05hrs0.5mm6mm6.5mm

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