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Thursday
24 Jul

-1 / 7ºC
Friday
25 Jul

-2 / 4ºC
Saturday
26 Jul

-2 / 7ºC
Sunday
27 Jul

-1 / 6ºC
Monday
28 Jul

2 / 6ºC
Tuesday
29 Jul

2 / 6ºC
Wednesday
30 Jul

2 / 6ºC
Thursday
31 Jul

3 / 7ºC
Friday
1 Aug

3 / 8ºC
Saturday
2 Aug

1 / 7ºC
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Moonrise 2:30hrs
Moonset 14:30hrs
Sunrise 7:47hrs
Sunset 17:13hrs
(All times NZST)
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Track Updates
Violent storms have caused considerable damage to track systems in & around the Park...
  • Harman Pass: Reports of very unstable and dangerous large rocks throughout the Taipoiti gorge.
  • Harper Pass: Major slips around the headwaters of the Taramakau River. Fallen trees & slips on Morrison Bridge to Pfeifer Creek Track (Otira flood-track).
  • Kellys Creek to Hunts Saddle: Track over bluffs (40 mins upstream from SH73) impassable from washouts. River travel extremely difficult due to huge logs and boulders piled up in the gorge.
  • Otehake: The Otehake footbridge has been removed and will not be replaced. Major landslides in the lower Otehake valley area (1.7 km downstream of Whaiti Stream) require care to cross.
  • Poulter Valley: Motorised vehicle access to the Arthur's Pass National Park boundary extremely difficult due to access track washouts. Access is possible only via the Poulter riverbed in places. Access (including on foot and by mountain-bike) recommended only in low river flows.
  • Taipo Valley: The Taipo River below Seven Mile has cut into the bank and there is a new bench track above the river. Users should take note of track markers. Note: No 4WD access; foot access only. New slip/10m drop-off between Dillons Hut and SH73 .
  • Three Passes: The Styx Valley Track is now very rough with numerous slips to be negotiated. Approx 20 min from the Styx car park the river has cut into a vertical cliff. To continue up the valley be prepared to cross the river below and above this cutting. If the river is high, or if parties are not confident with river crossings, use the Arahura Valley track instead.

General Conditions & Avalanche Risk
Thursday 24/07/2014: (Updated 0758hrs) Mild frost (-1ºC in Village at present), fine weather today.

Generally fine tomorrow after some morning cloud clears, however SW winds could rise to galeforce over the tops during the day. Fine on Saturday with fresh SW winds in exposed places. Increasing high cloud on Sunday. Rain (snow 1500m+) developing on Monday; NW increasing in exposed places.

Climbing conditions are generally OK today about the Main Range with variable conditions. Expect some dry fresh snow on most routes above 1650m.

Before the last (Monday) snowfall conditions were reported as... Very shallow snow at lower altitudes (< 1750m) - some baseless soft snow has been reported on some approaches. Some pockets of deep loose snow has been encountered on slopes < 35º (1750m - 1900m). Some ridge routes are in good firm condition with glazed ice & sastrugi at altitude (1900m+). Poor ice tooling opportunities (loose snow or thin ice) have been reported from lower/mid altitude ice climbs (Crow Glacier icefall, Philistine Bluff, Rome Ridge Gap), however the Crow Face has been reported as good.Some isolated pockets of shallow wind-slab may exist on either side of exposed ridges at high altitude (1900m+).

General conditions could be summed up as variable; altitude & aspect determine how firm the going will be, and even this varies considerably over the same mountain (Mt Rolleston is a case in point from the disparate reports I received in the past week).

The current snowpack is fairly lean, being approx. half of expected depths at altitude for this time of year from "normal years". In similar years, August has been the month for a sudden recovery to occur - lets hope (our glaciers need it)!

Safe climbing for 2014!


  • Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)19/07/2014
    Kellys Range - Kelly Hill (1408m)
  • Mt Philistine (1967m)17/07/2014
    Mt Philistine (1967m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) -  Crow Face17/07/2014
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Icefall17/07/2014
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Crow Icefall
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access17/07/2014
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - High Peak Access
  • Philistine Traverse17/07/2014
    Philistine Traverse
  • Avalanche Peak (1833m)15/07/2014
    Avalanche Peak (1833m)
  • Carrington Peak (2010m)15/07/2014
    Carrington Peak (2010m)
  • Mt Aicken (1858m)15/07/2014
    Mt Aicken (1858m)
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face15/07/2014
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Bealey Face
  • Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge15/07/2014
    Mt Rolleston (2275m) - Rome Ridge
  • Mt Temple (1913m)15/07/2014
    Mt Temple (1913m)
  • Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face15/07/2014
    Phipps Peak (1965m) - South Face
  • Blue Hill (1946m)08/07/2014
    Blue Hill (1946m)
  • Castle Hill Peak (1998m)08/07/2014
    Castle Hill Peak (1998m)
  • Mt Cloudesley (2107m)08/07/2014
    Mt Cloudesley (2107m)
  • Mt Enys (2194m)08/07/2014
    Mt Enys (2194m)
  • Mt Manson (1859m)08/07/2014
    Mt Manson (1859m)
  • Mt Misery (1765m) Southeast aspect08/07/2014
    Mt Misery (1765m) Southeast aspect
  • Mt Oates (2041m)08/07/2014
    Mt Oates (2041m)
  • Mt Wall (1874m)08/07/2014
    Mt Wall (1874m)
  • Mt Barron (1730m)06/07/2014
    Mt Barron (1730m)
  • Mt Greenlaw (2315m) - West Face06/07/2014
    Mt Greenlaw (2315m) - West Face
  • Mt Murchison (2408m) - SE Aspect06/07/2014
    Mt Murchison (2408m) - SE Aspect
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Avalanche Danger - LOW
  • Travel Advice: Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
  • Avalanche Activity: Small avalanches in isolated areas or extreme terrain.
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Park Shot
17/07/2014: 270º Panorama from High Peak, Mt Rolleston (2275m) - APNP
(photo provided by Joel Zwartz with thanks)
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Getting High
19/07/2014: James Thornton on the way to Hunts Saddle via the Kelly Range - APNP
(photo provided by Nina Dickerhof with thanks)
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Local Weather Station Data
LATEST DAILY READINGS
Update: 24/7/14 19:58hrs NZST
Sunrise: 7:55hrs
Sunset: 17:29hrs
Temperature: -0.1ºC  (Falling)
Temperature (Low): -1.8ºC
Temperature (High): 7.5ºC
Wind Chill: -0.1ºC
Humidity: 100%  (Rising)
Barometer: 1010.81mb (Rising)
Wind Speed: 0km/h
Wind Direction: WNW
Wind Gust: 56km/h (14:45hrs)
Cloud Base:  Frost likely
730m ASL
Freezing Level: 1015m
Daily Rainfall: Frozen
Hourly Rain: 0mm/hr

SNOW MODEL
Last Update: 24/07/2014 19:04
Location: Mt Rolleston (Goldney Ridge) 1800m
Alt. Temp: -6.4ºC
Alt. Windspeed: 0.0kmph
Alt. Wind Chill: N/A
Daily Snowfall: 0.0cm
Snowfall Max. Intensity: 0.0cm/hr
Storm Snowfall (89hrs): 4.0cm
7 Day Snowfall: 4.0cm
Snowpack Depth: 49.0cm
Windslab S: 1.8cm
Windslab E: 9.3cm
Surface Stability (@ 35º): Good (Warning: Slab present!)
Avalanche Chance: 14%
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150 Day Snow Model
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General Information
  • Waimak Flood Route: DoC has reinstated (and rerouted) the Waimakariri flood route from Anti-Crow River to Greenlaw Creek which was severely damaged in the 1994 earthquake. It still has some issues that may cause the waimak to cut it off!
  • Huts:The New Hawdon Hut is located upstream of Discovery Creek confluence below Walker Pass incline. Sudden Valley, Pfeifer, Poulter and East Hawdon Bivouacs have also been replaced. Hallejulah, Thompson, Waterfall and Top Cox Bivouacs have been permanently removed. Upper Cox Hut has been removed. Mingha Biv is to remain, it will be maintained by the Coast to Coast Race.
  • AP Club Huts: Please note that NO ONE in Arthur's Pass Village has the door codes or keys to the NZAC, CMC or WCAC club huts, please get them before your arrival!


 
 
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