This is all news and you have probably heard. This hot weekend will be so hot that it could break records across the Pacific Northwest. For those who are hoping to escape the heat by increasing altitude, there are some important things to keep in mind when planning a climb.
|Unprecedented temperatures await the waterfalls.|
As the temperature rises, the upper mountain changes rapidly. The ice level is expected to remain between 17,000 and 18,000 feet above the peak at night! Without daily freezing, climbers should be on top. Snow bridges over crevices can be soft, weak and unsupported at any time of the day or night.
Historically, rock and ice on top of the mountain are most active in June. The intense heat of this weekend may exacerbate the dangers of rocks and ice. Be aware, vigilant and alert at the top of the mountain. Move quickly in areas of ice and under pits.
|Move quickly under the underlying layers and minimize your exposure time|
Note where you and your team rest. Many teams sit on snow bridges and rest, this is a bad idea. When the snow bridge suddenly collapsed while resting, all the climbing teams split.
Time management will also be very important this weekend. Be efficient and take turns with your team on time. Enjoy the mountain and climb safely!