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Mountain Conditions
General Conditions:
Friday 7th August 2020, 12:30hrs: Some lower level snowfall (800m+) likely early tomorrow morning, but not much. Many routes are still mixed at altitude (loose rocks embedded in loose snow). Surface snow is Spring-like, slushy on a harder crystalline base; bonding is poor on slopes 40Âș+ (south is worse).

05/08/2020 18:15hrs: We had our one fine day in paradise (very Spring like); clouds are building in the west now and rain is expected to develop overnight. Winter continues to be elusive; snowpack is about half of what would be normal for this time of year, though southern aspects look a little more full. Many routes are still mixed at altitude (loose rocks embedded in loose snow). Surface snow is Spring-like, slushy on a harder crystalline base; bonding is poor on slopes 40Âș+ (south is worse).

01/08/2020 07:28hrs: Warm conditions continue; rainfall, so far, has been a non-event, with only light drizzle, cloudiness, and galeforce NW winds for past few days. It would appear a similar weather pattern is likely for the next 5 days - lowest forecast snow is 1600m on Monday. Snowpack is softening in the unseasonally warm temperatures, though surface ice has been reported on northern aspects.

28/07/2020 17:34hrs: Incoming drizzle/rain for several days (variable intensities; greater quantity on Sunday/Monday ), with exceptionally high freezing levels; expect snowpack to slowly load up with moisture, high level snow (1700m+) may find its way downhill in wet sluffs by Monday. There is a impenetrable buried crust in the pack on many aspects reported by several climbers, so slope failures are conceivable later in this storm-cycle.

24/07/2020 07:13hrs: The storm-cycle has past; about 30 - 50cm of fresh snow has fallen at 1800m (10 - 20cm @ 1500m), with wind deposits being much deeper. This fresh, unconsolidated snow is sitting upon icy melt-freeze crusts and could be poorly bonded. Preexisting snowpack was quite variable but hovered around 50 - 100cm at 1800m on the Main Range. Windslab has also formed on lee to northern half aspects. Weather is fine today, however cloud is forecast to thicken from tomorrow (Saturday) about the Alps, fine on Monday, and rain/snow return on Tuesday.

  • Blimit (1921m)(New) 05/08/2020
    Blimit (1921m)
  • Mt Cassidy (1850m)(New) 05/08/2020
    Mt Cassidy (1850m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face(New) 05/08/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge(New) 05/08/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Mt Stuart (1906m)(New) 05/08/2020
    Mt Stuart (1906m)
  • Mt Temple (1913m) - West Face(New) 05/08/2020
    Mt Temple (1913m) - West Face
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face(New) 05/08/2020
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge(New) 05/08/2020
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge
  • Hamilton Peak (1922m) - East aspect31/07/2020
    Hamilton Peak (1922m) - East aspect
  • Mt Enys (2194m)28/07/2020
    Mt Enys (2194m)
  • Mt Manson (1859m)28/07/2020
    Mt Manson (1859m)
  • Mt Wall (1874m)28/07/2020
    Mt Wall (1874m)
  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)27/07/2020
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)27/07/2020
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)
  • Mt Cloudsley (2107m) - Summit25/07/2020
    Mt Cloudsley (2107m) - Summit
  • Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect13/07/2020
    Mt Bealey (1836m) - North aspect
  • Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)13/07/2020
    Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Ramp (1967m)11/07/2020
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Ramp (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face11/07/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face (Middle)11/07/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face (Middle)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide11/07/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Philistine Traverse11/07/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Philistine Traverse
  • Goat Hill (1656m)09/07/2020
    Goat Hill (1656m)
  • Mt Alexander (1958m) - West Face09/07/2020
    Mt Alexander (1958m) - West Face
  • Mt Armstrong (2110m)09/07/2020
    Mt Armstrong (2110m)
  • Mt Barron (1730m) - North aspects09/07/2020
    Mt Barron (1730m) - North aspects
  • Mt Howe (1660m)09/07/2020
    Mt Howe (1660m)
  • Mt Philistine (1967m) - North aspect09/07/2020
    Mt Philistine (1967m) - North aspect
  • Mt Tarapuhi (1605m)09/07/2020
    Mt Tarapuhi (1605m)
  • Mt Aicken (1858m) - 1863m Point01/07/2020
    Mt Aicken (1858m) - 1863m Point
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Weather Information
7 Aug

8 Aug

-1 / 4ºC
9 Aug

2 / 5ºC
10 Aug

0 / 5ºC
11 Aug

-2 / 7ºC
12 Aug

0 / 7ºC
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Update:08/08/20 00:30hrs
Update: 8/8/20 0:26hrs NZST
Sunrise: 7:37hrs
Sunset: 17:45hrs
Temperature: 4.3ºC  (Rising)
Temperature (Low): 4.3ºC
Temperature (High): 4.6ºC
Wind Chill: 4.3ºC
Humidity: 100%  (Rising)
Barometer: 999.70mb (Rising)
Wind Speed: 0km/h
Wind Direction: W
Wind Gust: 11km/h (0:00hrs)
Cloud Base: 730m ASL
Freezing Level: 1692m
Daily Rainfall: 0.25mm
Hourly Rain: 0mm/hr
24 Hour Rain: 2.79mm

Rainfall: 1.5mm
High Rain Rate: 0.6mm/hr @ 20:37hrs 7/8/20
Temp Low: 3.8ºC @ 21:00hrs 7/8/20
Temp High: 4.3ºC @ 23:00hrs 7/8/20
Wind Gust: 51kmph @ 0:39hrs 7/8/20
Dom.Wind Dir: North
Barometer Low: 999mb @ 21:00hrs 7/8/20
Last Update: 8/08/2020 00:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Snow Fall-Line: 1165m
Alt. Temp: -2.7ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 0.0kmph
Alt. Av. Windspeed: 0.0kmph
Alt. Max. Windspeed: 0.0kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: N/A
Alt. Air Pressure: 797hPa
Alt. 3 Day Rainfall: 10.0mm (Today: 0.1mm)
Daily Snowfall: 0.5cm
Snowfall Max. Intensity: 0.5cm/hr (00:04hrs)
Storm Snowfall (4hrs): 1.0cm
7 Day Snowfall: 5.1cm
Snowpack Depth: 76.3cm
Windslab E: 14.2cm
Surface Stability (@ 35º): Poor (Warning: Slab present!)
Avalanche Chance: 37%

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