CASCADES CONDITIONS REPORT 5/10/2024

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Happy Friday follow climbers!

High pressure and fair weather is currently dominating the weather pattern trend in the Pacific Northwest. It’s been such a treat to see the blue skies and sunshine! Before diving into mountain conditions, it’s worth noting that the Cascade Volcanoes have accumulated several feet of snow over the past 2 weeks. Some Snotel water monitoring sites show an increase of over 10% of the annual snowpack since the end of April. The break in stormy weather has been great for our teams climbing all over the state. Follow along with current conditions here, or check out these links for the latest and greatest – here’s the best forecast for Mt Rainier climbing weather, and cut straight to the live conditions with these webcams on Mt Rainier.

Komo Kulshan (Mount Baker) & North Cascades

The sunny skies have allowed teams to recently summit Komo Kulshan (Mt Baker) and other peaks in the North Cascades. Our most recent 6 day course had 100% climber success yesterday on Mt Baker climbing the Coleman Deming route to the summit. Guides checked in from the summit describing phenomenal conditions and high visibility – they enjoyed spectacular views into the heart of the Cascades AND west to the San Juan Islands. With the warm weather, trailheads and seasonal roads are melting out. This is a great news as we start to climb deeper into the range.

Tahoma (Mount Rainier)

Climbing out of Paradise is in full swing! Teams are utilizing the winter route to access the Muir Snowfield and climbers can anticipate wearing mountaineering boots from the parking lot at this stage in the season. With the ample snow we do not anticipate using trail/approach shoes until the middle or end of June at this time. Our teams have been training and sleeping at high camp (Ingraham Flats) and we are working to establish a climbing route up the Disappointment Cleaver over the weekend. With the nice weather, we anticipate teams reaching the summit of Rainier very soon.

Happy Climbing!

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