Eagle Pk

Photo Courtesy of http://www.skimostoke.com

On Saturday Jeff and I made plans to climb and ski Eagle Peak at the Pass.  Conditions were near perfect on the SW face, travel was fast but firm requiring all the pointy implements in our packs; ski crampons, foot crampons, mtn axes and whippets.  Once off the top 100 ft and into the sun the corn skiing was delicious.

It’s a great time to be in the hills right now, conditions are fast and the mountains are empty.  Once the weather smartens up it’ll be time to get after it again!

Colvin below the Eagle bowl headwall

Uto and Sir Donald from the summit of Eagle

Mt MacDonald- The guardian of Mr Roger’s pass

Well Major A. B. Rogers must have had a hell of a time navigating around Mt Macdonald when he was commissioned by the Canadian Pacific Railway to find a route through the Selkirks.  Mount Macdonald would have been the last major obstacle in getting over the pass proper as he travelled along the long west ridge and gigantic, ominous North face.  It proved to be such an obstacle that the CPR would opt to tunnel 8 km through Mt Mac just to avoid the steep rugged, avalanche prone face.

With the very same N face looming overhead Jeff and I headed up towards the Continue reading

The Wildlife Traverse

 

Mel and Reiner with the Wolverine burn behind

The Wolverine Burn

It’s quite unusual to be able to ski in a large group and still manage to move efficiently through new terrain.  On wednesday a group of 8 of us from either sides of the Selkirks managed to link together a new route at the Pass that none of us had done before. 

Mcnab dubbed it the “wildlife traverse”, we started in Balu drainage, climbed onto the Bruins glacier to Ursus creek, skied a lap on a huge primo burn on Wolverine ridge and then worked out way up the Catamount glacier to Couger brook drainage and down to the Trans Canada.

Finishing our tour by headlamp we hitched back up to the Visitors center and retrived the cars.  The closest we got to any real wildlife was the bearded, stinky folk in our group, never the less we still had a fabolous day.  Good turns, new terrain, cruxy onsights and a bit of an epic feel.   Nice work team.  total vert 11600 ft. Continue reading

Rando Camp #2 -day 3

Day three was the icing on the cake and was our last high volume low intensity session for this camp.  We found ourselves at Roger’s Pass again on avalanche crest.  With the visibility off and on all day we didn’t get many pictures but had an amazing time getting in 3  big laps off the ridge.

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Rando Camp #2 -day 2

Mcnab's

We awoke Saturday at Andrew’s new place in Revelstoke to 5cm’s of snow on the ground and it didn’t take us long to head to the Modern Bakery for breky, coffee and lunch to go.  Classic Revi. Continue reading

Rando Camp # 2 -day 1

heading to the col

The National Skimo Team got together this weekend for our second rando training camp of the season.  Based out of Revelstoke and Roger’s Pass the 3 days were rammed full of great low intensity training miles and team building.

Friday was slated for a day of touring at Roger’s Pass.  After a slow start the 9 of us finally got our poop in a group and wandered up to Balu pass and over the other side towards Catamount Pk.  Continue reading

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Got out for a great day of skiing at Roger’s Pass today for the first time this year.  There was about 15 cm on the skintrack up Canaught Creek as we headed out towards Ursus trees and eventually 8812 bowl.   Continue reading

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