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Mountain Conditions
Wednesday 21st October 2020, 23:16hrs: Great climbing conditions reported back today from Rolleston (Rome Ridge) after a 1000m overnight freeze alongside an alpine start (2am); surface snow was firm and supportive allowing good tooling/cramponing. Snow-pack above 2100m is very icy but gives good crampon purchase (maybe not self-arrest though). While overnight freezes continue to fall below 1000m conditions will likely remain OK; early starts are recommended on ice/snow routes! Rain returns on Sunday.

Its also got to that time of year when glissades, butt-slides and even self-arrests don't always end well if the surface snow-pack is soft/wet, through triggering narrow path sluffs that are near impossible to escape.


19/10/2020 14:07hrs: Heavy rainfall to about 2000m today; expect the snow-pack to load up with moisture.

17/10/2020 15:09hrs: Snowfall only found its way to 1000m earlier this morning, and really only a dusting. Visibility has remained poor all day above 1600m. NW gales to develop tonight; further showers tomorrow but freezing levels rise substantially. Heavy rain Monday. Our wet Spring continues...

15/10/2020 07:22hrs: Snow has fallen overnight (still falling about the Torlesse/Craigieburn Ranges). About the Alps there is approx. 5-15cm of fresh at 1800m, 2-5cm at 900m, there is greater depths in some of the protected valleys.

  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)(New) 21/10/2020
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Blimit (1921m)(New) 21/10/2020
    Blimit (1921m)
  • Mt Aicken (1858m)(New) 21/10/2020
    Mt Aicken (1858m)
  • Mt Armstrong (2110m)(New) 21/10/2020
    Mt Armstrong (2110m)
  • Mt Franklin (2145m) - West aspect(New) 21/10/2020
    Mt Franklin (2145m) - West aspect
  • Mt Lancelot (2112m)(New) 21/10/2020
    Mt Lancelot (2112m)
  • Mt Oates (2041m) - West aspect(New) 21/10/2020
    Mt Oates (2041m) - West aspect
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face (High Peak)(New) 21/10/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face (High Peak)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face (Middle Peak)(New) 21/10/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Otira Face (Middle Peak)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Philistine Traverse(New) 21/10/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Philistine Traverse
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge(New) 21/10/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Mt Temple (1913m) - East Face(New) 21/10/2020
    Mt Temple (1913m) - East Face
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face(New) 21/10/2020
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face
  • Polar Range (Mt Scott - Mt Bowers)(New) 21/10/2020
    Polar Range (Mt Scott - Mt Bowers)
  • Mt Bealey (1836m) - South aspect(New) 20/10/2020
    Mt Bealey (1836m) - South aspect
  • Mt Bruce (1630m) - North-west aspect(New) 20/10/2020
    Mt Bruce (1630m) - North-west aspect
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face(New) 20/10/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge(New) 20/10/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Goldney Ridge
  • Mt Stewart (1934m) - Southeast aspect(New) 20/10/2020
    Mt Stewart (1934m) - Southeast aspect
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)(New) 15/10/2020
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Bluffs (1967m)
  • Mt Philistine - Philistine Ramp (1967m)(New) 15/10/2020
    Mt Philistine - Philistine Ramp (1967m)
  • Hills Peak (1640m)30/09/2020
    Hills Peak (1640m)
  • Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)30/09/2020
    Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)
  • Mt Barron (1730m) - South aspects30/09/2020
    Mt Barron (1730m) - South aspects
  • Mt Cassidy (1850m)30/09/2020
    Mt Cassidy (1850m)
  • Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)30/09/2020
    Mt Philistine - Warnocks Bluff (1967m)
  • Mt Temple (1913m) - West Face30/09/2020
    Mt Temple (1913m) - West Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Chockstone Route09/09/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Chockstone Route
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access08/09/2020
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access
  • Mt Philistine (1967m) - Southeast aspect07/09/2020
    Mt Philistine (1967m) - Southeast aspect
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Weather Information
SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE IN NEXT 5 DAYS!
Thursday
22 Oct

2 / 12ºC
Friday
23 Oct

2 / 14ºC
Saturday
24 Oct

9 / 16ºC
Sunday
25 Oct

10 / 14ºC
Monday
26 Oct

5 / 13ºC
Tuesday
27 Oct

1 / 11ºC
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Update:22/10/20 11:00hrs
 
LATEST DAILY READINGS
Update: 22/10/20 9:26hrs NZST
Sunrise: 5:31hrs
Sunset: 19:08hrs
Temperature: 9.9ºC  (Rising)
Temperature (Low): 0.1ºC
Temperature (High): 9.9ºC
Wind Chill: 9.9ºC
Humidity: 2%  (Falling)
Barometer: 1016.47mb (Falling)
Wind Speed: 5km/h
Wind Direction: WNW
Wind Gust: 45km/h (8:26hrs)
Cloud Base: 6655m ASL
Freezing Level: 2553m
Daily Rainfall: 0mm
24 Hour Rain: 0mm

SNOW MODEL
Last Update: 22/10/2020 09:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Alt. Temp: 1.9ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 4.0kmph
Alt. Av. Windspeed: 1.2kmph
Alt. Max. Windspeed: 6.0kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: N/A
Alt. Air Pressure: 813hPa
Alt. 3 Day Rainfall: 79.9mm (Today: 0.0mm)
Last Snowfall: 2 days ago
7 Day Snowfall: 5.2cm
Snowpack Depth: 121.4cm
Surface Stability (@ 35º): Very Poor
Avalanche Chance: 100%
REMOTE WEATHER STATIONS
 
Location
UpdatedToday's
Rainfall
2 Day
Rainfall
3 Day
Rainfall
Carrington Hut22/10/2020 - 08:00hrs0.0mm0mm0.5mm
Mid Poulter River22/10/2020 - 08:00hrs0.0mm0mm0mm
Grasmere Stn22/10/2020 - 08:00hrs0.0mm0mm0mm
Mt Cheeseman22/10/2020 - 08:00hrs0.0mm0mm0mm
Upper Styx River22/10/2020 - 10:00hrs0.0mm0mm6mm

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