Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Mountain conditions report

There was not as much accumulation in the Gorge as up on the pass, although winds were quite strong. Up high Avalanche hazard remains high, and the distribution of snow makes it tough to assess accurately. With more on the way, things should remain touchy thru the weekend. Once the pass opens, people need to remain aware of the hazard. There is hazard on the engineer climbs, especially Over the Rainbow. The skylight climbs are not a "safe" area either, some can run quite large. Check the avi report, look for clues, and assess consequences deliberately.

There were a number of reports of de-lamination on Gravity's Rainbow during the last warm spell. Hopefully this recent blast of winter has re-sintered things to the rock. I'll post once I get a look myself.