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Avalanche Risk (Local)
08/12/2018 07:59hrs
(Above 1800m)
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features.
(1200m - 1800m)
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features.
(Below 1200m)
Generally safe, watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
Mountain Conditions
General Conditions (Updated 1215hrs Sun 9th December, 2018):

New poor weather slowly brewing its way in, marked by very strong westerly winds across tops today.

Climbing conditions have been OK, though avoiding steep slushy snow-pack is wise. The 0.5m of fresh snow has mostly disappeared in last few days from higher altitude locations.

Northern aspects have been clearing fast to their loose rock bases, whilst southern aspects are holding their snow-pack to much lower altitudes.

Note: Rivers are still very reactive to any rainfall as water-tables remain loaded after a month of heavier rainfall.

Butt slides and glissades are just asking for trouble in this season with such a loose surface pack, lets get through another season without an accident caused by this activity please - they never end well!

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 -
  • Blimit (1921m)(New) 08/12/2018
    Blimit (1921m)
  • Mt Franklin (2145m)(New) 08/12/2018
    Mt Franklin (2145m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge(New) 08/12/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge
  • Mt Stuart (1906m)(New) 08/12/2018
    Mt Stuart (1906m)
  • Mt Temple (1913m) - North Ridge(New) 08/12/2018
    Mt Temple (1913m) - North Ridge
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - North Face(New) 08/12/2018
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - North Face
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face(New) 08/12/2018
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face
  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)(New) 05/12/2018
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Black Range (1800m)(New) 05/12/2018
    Black Range (1800m)
  • Lyell Peak (1828m)(New) 05/12/2018
    Lyell Peak (1828m)
  • Mt Aicken (1858m)(New) 05/12/2018
    Mt Aicken (1858m)
  • Mt Bealey (1836m) - Northeast aspect(New) 05/12/2018
    Mt Bealey (1836m) - Northeast aspect
  • Mt Binser (1860m) - Middle, High(New) 05/12/2018
    Mt Binser (1860m) - Middle, High
  • Mt Bruce (1630m) - North aspect(New) 05/12/2018
    Mt Bruce (1630m) - North aspect
  • Mt Harper (2222m) - Camp Spur route(New) 05/12/2018
    Mt Harper (2222m) - Camp Spur route
  • Mt Oates (2041m)(New) 05/12/2018
    Mt Oates (2041m)
  • Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)(New) 05/12/2018
    Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face(New) 05/12/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge(New) 05/12/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Mt Speight (2116m) - Speight Buttress(New) 05/12/2018
    Mt Speight (2116m) - Speight Buttress
  • Mt Stewart (1934m)(New) 05/12/2018
    Mt Stewart (1934m)
  • The Spike (1440m)(New) 05/12/2018
    The Spike (1440m)
  • Mt Philistine (1967m)29/11/2018
    Mt Philistine (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access29/11/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face29/11/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Chockstone Route15/11/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Chockstone Route
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide15/11/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Slide
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge15/11/2018
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - West Ridge
  • Mt Cassidy (1850m)12/11/2018
    Mt Cassidy (1850m)
  • Mt Williams (1718m)12/11/2018
    Mt Williams (1718m)
  • Browning Pass23/10/2018
    Browning Pass
  • Whitehorn Ice-field23/10/2018
    Whitehorn Ice-field
  • Whitehorn Pass23/10/2018
    Whitehorn Pass
  • Mt Armstrong (2110m)22/10/2018
    Mt Armstrong (2110m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face (Middle)22/10/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face (Middle)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) -  Crow Face21/10/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - East Crow Glacier21/10/2018
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - East Crow Glacier
  • Mt Bowers (1891m)14/10/2018
    Mt Bowers (1891m)
  • Mt Edgar Evans (2019m)14/10/2018
    Mt Edgar Evans (2019m)
  • Mt Wilson (2035m)14/10/2018
    Mt Wilson (2035m)
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Weather Information
11 Dec

7 / 12ºC
12 Dec

7 / 12ºC
13 Dec

5 / 13ºC
14 Dec

6 / 16ºC
15 Dec

7 / 19ºC
16 Dec

7 / 19ºC
17 Dec

7 / 19ºC
18 Dec

7 / 16ºC
19 Dec

8 / 13ºC
20 Dec

4 / 11ºC
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Update:11/12/18 07:00hrs
Update: 11/12/18 5:50hrs NZST
Sunrise: 4:48hrs
Sunset: 20:06hrs
Temperature: 9.9ºC  (Rising)
Temperature (Low): 8.7ºC
Temperature (High): 10.3ºC
Wind Chill: 9.9ºC
Humidity: 100%  (Rising)
Barometer: 1008.54mb (Rising)
Wind Speed: 3km/h
Wind Direction: W
Wind Gust: 19km/h (5:46hrs)
Cloud Base: 730m ASL
Freezing Level: 2553m
Daily Rainfall: 0mm
24 Hour Rain: 0mm

Last Update: 11/12/2018 05:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Alt. Temp: 1.8ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 0.0kmph
Alt. Av. Windspeed: 0.0kmph
Alt. Max. Windspeed: 0.0kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: N/A
Last Snowfall: 5 days ago
7 Day Snowfall: 19.7cm
Snowpack Depth: 0.0cm
2 Day
3 Day
Carrington Hut11/12/2018 - 04:00hrs0.0mm0mm0mm
Grasmere Stn11/12/2018 - 04:00hrs0.0mm0mm0mm
Mt Cheeseman11/12/2018 - 04:00hrs0.0mm0mm0mm

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