South Ghost Avalanche


This report is for two avalanches we witnessed while climbing Aquarious which I believe occured in the bowl which contains The Joker and other climbs. For those contemplating Fearful Symmetry or Rainbow Serpent; Fearful Symmetry has fallen down and Rainbow Serpent has not formed. Aquarious climbed well, the upper section was thin with some mixed steps, the approach ice was fat and fun. Driving conditions to South Ghost were straightforward.

Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Sunny.

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday.


While climbing Aquarious we witnessed two large avalanches which I believe occured in the same bowl which contains The Joker and other climbs. The forecast was 2-2-2 for the Banff area and 3-2-2 for K-Country. The first avalanche occured minutes after the sun came out and the 2nd occured about 20 minutes later. There had been moderate snowfall for about 45 minutes earlier in the day. Times, locations and elevations in this report are approximate. Good reminder that the Ghost is not always free of avalanche hazard.