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2009 - 2010 Backcountry Stoke - Page 2
I am really bad with Trip Reports...so here is the short of it:
Went up to Battle range of the Selkirk Mountains in BC, Canada to a backcountry hut named Battle Abbey. It snowed over a meter the day before we flew in (only way to get to the hut is by heli). The avy danager was high, not due to the new snow, but from surface hoar that was barried. So we skied low angle terrain, summited a bunch of peaks, and eat and drank to our heart content. The terrain around the Abbey is hands down the best BC ski terrain, probably why Hans build the hut here.
Back in Utah and finally we have stable conditions and new snow!
Skifishbum - Battle Abbey is owned by two Guides, so you must go with one of them to the Hut or should I say Lodge.
There are huts near the Abbey that you can go unguided - Fairy Meadows (another Putnum hut) and Sorcerer Lodge are both in the Selkirks and you can book them without a guide. I have been to Fairy Meadows (very difficult to get into - lottery system), but not Sorcerer - it is on my list.
Picture from today - I love the backcountry if you can't tell:
Been putting in for the lottery for Kokanee and fairy meadows the last 3 seasons hopefullly this year we score.
This was the first winter we didn't do a Canadian yurt trip in 7 years. Ever do Blanket Glacier "chalet"? rustic but killer terrain no matter what the conditions. I'd highly recommend it in that reguard
Got up last Saturday and Silverton Mt. was reporting 20" of new, so the wife and I drove just past their parking lot and skinned up for a few runs in an adjoing valley. Caught some friends breaking trail, and then a sled pulling some bc skiers passed us and packed the rest of the climb. Ended up being one of the best days of the season, nothing but deep untracked
Most of the areas are closing, but the spring corn is starting, so it will not be long before it is open season on the steeps. Don't have any pictures, but I sure am stoked.
Don't you love pillow skiing in Canada! Keeps bringing me back for more! You will love Bill Putnum Hut (aka Fairy Meadows), but I have to say that Battle Abbey's terrain is better for ski touring/mountaineering.
No where near as nice of a "Chalet" as Campbell Icefeild which we did last year, but from the peak of Blanket
Or a + 4k drop down old growth beared snow ghosts to Greenbush lake it has amazing terrain
Those endless meat hucking pillow lines are pretty much right out the door
I skied that one semi technical line that trip down to the lake the chalet sits on and a crying pissed off wife
and after the deluxe digs w/ indoor shitters of the Campbell she's spoiled Valhalla is on the hit list but friends that have gone say it's a much better fair weather hut
Edited by skifishbum - 3/31/10 at 8:39am
Other pictures - not of me - from that tour, including different lines:
On the way out:
Edited by Bob Lee - 4/20/10 at 2:14pm
Looking down the first run:
Looking back up:
Looking toward home on the otherside:
Looking down the valley at the bottom of lap 1:
Skin track coming back up & over & out:
Edited by 4ster - 4/24/10 at 1:27pm
Yep Pow Mow. I spent most of my life in the Sierra's, & yes I know what you mean. I am headed there shortly.
The breaking storm made for some cool views:
Ben Lomond to the west:
The Great Salt Lake through the divide:
Packing for a trip to Tahoe, hopefully some more good turns to be had in the following weeks.
Here's my friend Joshua at the top of a stellar corn field outside of Ely two weekends ago. This is one of my favorite springtime destinations.
Last weekend, up Thomas Canyon in the Rubies. Variable conditions, great for trying out my new Gotbacks. I am now a believer in rockered tips.
Note the big chunks of breakable as Nancy takes her first turns. She makes this stuff look easy, even in flat light.
Day 50 last weekend.
I arrived in Lake Tahoe last night, & conditions seemed right for a little trek this morning.
Lake Tahoe in the background, looking north from ridge on Stevens Peak:
Some wind blown crust up high, but consistent snow mid mountain. Not quite corn yet but close on the lower angles:
A northern aspect toward the bottom was almost powder:
Looking back at the peak on the way back to town:
Hopefully getting some more in the next few days,
Edited by 4ster - 5/1/10 at 9:19pm
Red Lake peak, which was my original plan today, but it looked like a lot of tracks already & didn't look like the snow had transitioned yet.
The pinnacle, looking from the top of my second run.
SE aspects where revealing perfect corn from 9000' to 7000'.
6" of new on top of a completely smooth supporting crust with a blue bird sky. Not a bad day for May.
Well, BLM land actually. Trivia: Silverton is the only ski area permit located on BLM lands.
Sorry for the nit-pick. Very nice picture.
Retired BLM Bob
North Bowl of Mt. Tallac:
South shore of Lake Tahoe, Freel Peak & Monument Peak in the background:
My feet & the mouth of Emerald Bay:
Freel Peak, at just under 11000' the tallest in the area:
Corn Tracks, E-SE aspect. Done by 9:30 & would've been too soft by 10. The past two days I was able to have good skiing till 12:30, but I was a1000' higher. The less sun exposed aspects have yet to corn up.