Tuesday
May042010

Weathered out yet still skiing powder


I had plans to go out to the Freshfield glacier with the Rocky Mountain Sherpas. These boys are old friends and are very talented cinematographers, their movies are filled with amazing images and wild time lapses, watch their trailer. Anyhow, on Saturday we were supposed to fly out but the sky never cleared so we "roasted" the day away and tried again on Sunday. Not being one great at waiting around I eventually bailed and headed up to the pass. A quick afternoon/evening up Balu and Cheops north made for some ok dust on crusts turns. But the falling snow guaranteed good skiing the next few days.

I knew of a great local spot were we could benefit from the fresh 20cms and low snow line. So I headed up solo yesterday and sampled 10 000 feet of powder turns. Windloaded up to 40cm in some places, it was full on winter up there. And today, I headed back up there with some friends, humming and hawing after my first run Chris suggested we shred south, the turns were hot, Jalapeno hot, so good in fact that we did a couple of runs to make sure that they were as good as we thought. Then another couple of runs and we headed home.

Without family around I had a snack and then napped from 5:30-8:30. Wow.  Not too often I do that, its almost like it was back in the day. But then I used to ski all day and fall asleep on the red shag carpet for a few hours, but now there's no more red shag. Still that same exhausted feeling though.

I am focusing on keeping my vertical advantage and making it bigger so when Tracey returns I can enjoy 4 days of family time and then travel up to the Yukon. May 21-June 10th we will be up in the St-Elias range, checking out what it has to offer. I am really looking forward to seeing Canada's biggest mountains.

Friday
Apr302010

46 in 3 days

"if all the year were playing holiday to sport would be as tedious as to work"  Shakespeare

I think of that often as I skin up.  I was getting a little stressed about my progress and when Tracey/kids left for three weeks  I had to start off strong.  So I went out and stayed at the Asulkan hut for 2 nights. I left at 1:30pm and toured twelve thousand feet the first day, had the hut to myself and slept well. Woke up and began touring/ sessioning Young's peak (8am). There was 20 cm on the headwall and 10 cm of light fluffy pow down to the hut. Wicked fun turns, lap after lap, slowly the heat of the day changed the lower snow but the headwall stayed shreddeable, right up till the alpen glow at 8 pm. 23 thousand feet.  Great sleep and touring by 8, not as much motivation today but forced out another 11000 and called her quits. 46000 feet in 3 days.  It definitely felt like work. Rewarding work but hard work nonetheless.

Now I am off to the Freshfield glacier, a basecamp style 5 day adventure.

 

712 650 feet

Tuesday
Apr272010

Mt-Robson area

A bit of a spontaneous trip into the Rockies. Powder snow had deserted Revelstoke and word on the street was that there was powder in the Rockies. So we headed up to take a look around Mt-Robson, the Rockies highest mountain. This was my first time into the area and I was excited about the possibilities.

We packed our bags and headed up the trailhead on bikes, another first for me. Huge multi day bags made some of the climbs arduous but it was an incredible way to start a trip and finish one. 7+ kms in on a road and the single track through gorgeous alpine terrain. Finally we hiked for a bit and then skinned to berg lake, where sits the Hargreaves hut. A cosy log cabin that stares up at the imposing north face of Mt-Robson. Spectacular.

The next day we toured up towards Mt-Resplendent, super long approach that eventually rambled through glaciers and into deeper snow. From 8000 feet upwards the snow was great, we toured ever higher, through more crevasses till we finally reached the summit

At 11 181 feet it is the highest I have stood on in 2010, mt-Superior in the Wasatch was 11131 ft. Super cool glaciated line off its north side boasted some great deep and stable powder turns.   So nice to ski deep powder in late april.We skied a cool line past Berg glacier and back to the cabin. The sky really cleared for us and all we could see was Mt-Robson, shinning above us. Taunting, teasing we were psyched to check it out on Monday.

A direct up  Berg glacier brought us through hours of heavily crevassed glaciated terrain, roped up, climbing across thin snowbridges, super fun touring. The North face looming above all morning. Clear at first and then slowly getting more cloudy we reached the true base of the North face. 2 thousand feet of 50 degree terrain lay ahead, a 15 foot overhung burgshrund blocked our way. Weather not great, we took the easy out and headed down.

Great skiing back to the cabin and then a small dinner, and we packed our bags and headed out. 3 hours from the cabin to the car, pretty amazing. Fast ski back to the end of the snow, a small walk to our bikes and then a fun bike ride down. Still tiring though since we woke up at 4.20am and had been moving ever since.

Back at the car by 6:30 pm I pushed us to drive as close to Revelstoke as we could since my family was flying off to England for 3 weeks and I wanted to see them before they left. by 11:15 pm I had to stop driving,  19 hours of action, 6000 feet of skinning, 8000 feet of skiing, 4km of walking, 7+km of biking 400km of driving. What a day.

Friday
Apr232010

500 000 video

Thursday
Apr222010

Mt-Davis

I had a look at a wicked couloir off Mt-Davis, when we were on Mt-Begbie two days ago. So yesterday Joey and I went up Mt-Davis to look into the couloir. This chute seems wild from all angles, probable 2000ft of chute plus a 1000 foot fan, it calls out to be skied. At least from a distance, looking down it was wild and very warm by the time we got there, it was not calling our names. The sketchy chute will wait for another day.  Not included in the photo to keep it slightly secret>>!

But Mt-Davis is such an easy hit from revelstoke. Drive 20 minutes west, up a logging road till you hit snow, then sled to the base of the climb. up 4700 feet and voila the summit. Super cool terrain all around, I must come back here and play around next year. I have not been up here for at least 7 years, cool to be back.

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