Tuesday, June 10, 2008

June Winterland!

Although we may be moving into mid-June, and despite many parts of the country experiencing summer-like conditions, here at Mount Rainier mother nature has once again thrown us a curve-ball, dumping more than 3 feet of snow on The Mountain in the last 7 days. Last night winds were high enough to carry snow into drifts with depths of 3, 4 and even 5 feet in spots. Visibility on the Muir snowfield has been poor, although breaks in the weather have been found and parties are continuing to travel up to Camp Muir, albeit with CAUTION. Experience in route finding is necessary as whiteout conditions have also been reported.

REMINDER: Keep up to date on changing weather forecasts. Although the forecast may improve through the week, AS ALWAYS, be prepared for winter-like conditions on the upper mountain, variable weather enroute, and have alternative plans in the case your party gets turned around due to inclement conditions.