Thursday, April 16, 2015

2015 Season

The climbing ranger season is officially underway!  We're getting our pre-season training on with our aviation assets, an EMS refresher, rigging exercises, and an alpine skills session.  The lack of snow at lower altitudes has made an interesting start to our season.  Many of the trails out of Longmire have been snow free and the skiing in the Tatoosh kinda picky.  Roads and trails will be accessible much earlier this summer.  We are working to keep the blog as current as we can during this time, and look forward to seeing you out on the mountain.

Big thanks to the Army Reserve's 214th for hosting a training earlier this week. Photo:J.Hanna
Things to Note:

-The Climbing Information Center in Paradise will open for daily operations at 0700 on May 15.
-While reservation requests for the Wonderland Trail have been suspended this in no way affects climbing reservation requests. More detailed information can be found in this press release Wonderland Trail Reservations Suspended.
-For your convenience here is the 2015 Reservation Request Form so you can get planning!

More information about these topics can be found elsewhere on this blog and on the Mount Rainier National Park website.

See you soon! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Winter Infusion

This past weekend brought an enjoyable change in the weather to the park, snow!

Tuesday Touring
Since Friday the weather station in Paradise has recorded almost two feet of new snow, bringing the total snow depth to 85" or 50% of average. While not quite the snowpocalypse blizzaster we've all been hoping for it has been a pleasant change in conditions that is about to change again.

The forecast is calling for rapid warming in the next few days. Keep an eye out for avalanche hazards such as wet slides and point releases as the temps warm, particularly on recently loaded slopes. Given the lower than normal snow depth terrain traps are definitely a concern.

Come prepared (avy savy, beacon, probe, shovel), stay smart, have fun, repeat.