ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains August 1st, 2019

It is looking like it could be a fine weekend to be in the mountains.

The wet spring has left us with more midsummer snow than has been usual the past few years. Even though the snow line is slowly creeping up there is generally favorable glacier travel in lots of places and there are still decent conditions in some snow gullies and ice faces.

The downside to the cool wet spring and our primary concern is that some ridges and faces are still quite snowy. This makes for some slow travel on ridges like Mt Victoria and lots of rockfall hazard from snow melt on some big faces like Hungabee, Temple N face and probably many others.

Alpine rock is probably quite dry on south faces but anything else would be worth some observation before committing.

Enjoy the clear, smoke free skies and a well chosen objective this weekend.

Larry Stanier
ACMG Mountain Guide

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