Mt Hood Climbing Conditions - May 27th, 2011

posted May 27, 2011, 3:27 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jul 29, 2011, 6:06 PM ]
From the most recent report:

A strong front will continue to bring clouds and precipitation to the mountain this weekend.  The weather should begin to improve late Saturday into Sunday.  Even with improving weather, bands of precpitation and increased winds accompanying them, will still be a factor.  Above tree line visibility can go from good to bad quickly, making navigating difficult.  Use caution and be aware of the rapidly changing weather if you choose to climb this weekend.

A strong storm Thursday and into Friday has deposited significant amounts new snow on the mountain.  Telelmetry from Timberline at 6000ft. shows 10 inches of snow over the last two days.   Snowfall accumulations should increase with elevation, putting a good amount of new snow on the climbing routes.  With the anticipated clearing and warming late Saturday in to Sunday, avalanche danger will be on the rise.  Several large natural avalanches were seen and reported on multiple aspects and elevations over the last week.  These avlanches involved more than just the new snow, indicating lingering buried weak layers.  Careful route selection and safe backcountry travel techniques will be imperative this weekend.

The full climbing report for the south side of Mt Hood can be found here.