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  • January 19, 2018 @ 6:44 am

    Advisory Hotline: (530) 926-9613

  • The wind slab problem will continue due to strong westerly winds and new snow over the past 24 hours. Near and above treeline, MODERATE avalanche danger exists on leeward, wind loaded N-NE-E-SE facing slopes. A human triggered wind slab is possible today, especially on unsupported slopes steeper than 35 degrees. Below treeline, the avalanche danger is LOW. 
    Icy surfaces still exist on windward, exposed ridgelines and a slide for life is possible without immediate self-arrest. 



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December 30, 2017

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A winter climb of Mount Shasta is a serious undertaking. Deep snow, avalanche hazard, and extreme weather conditions are all common during the winter months. These, along with many other factors, make a winter climb very difficult and potentially dangerous. Only strong and experienced climbers with an ability to evaluate avalanche hazard should attempt a winter climb. Always carry avalanche rescue gear, along with a helmet, crampons, and an ice axe. Be prepared for high winds and cold temperatures, and always check the weather before you climb. Our firm, thin and icy snowpack continues to create backcountry travel hazards. Moving through steep terrain above treeline is challenging and dangerous. Arresting a fall in these conditions would be difficult. Watch out for rocks.

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