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 Post subject: March pow in the Esplanades
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:03 am 
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A bunch of us stayed at the Vista hut in the Esplanade range about 100 km NE of Revelstoke for a week in mid-March. We scored great snow and weather but the worst stability I have ever witnessed. Being from the coast and used to our typical cement-like coastal snowpack, I had never actually heard a "whoompf". This trip remedied that in spades. We heard one on pretty much every skin track we set. There is nothing quite like the sudden nauseousness you get after a massive whoompf happens right under your feet and you can see trees around you shake as they seemingly get a few inches taller. We remote triggered probably 10 size 2-3 slides, and showed up a few hours after pretty much the entire south facing mountainside slid in a size 4, snapping foot-diameter trees in the process.

Despite the massive tease of not being able to hit the multitude of gnarly lines we could see from the dinner table in the hut, we still had a blast sticking to mellower low-angle terrain and the weather allowed us to get up high for some unreal views. And on the last day, we finally deemed it safe enough to shred some steeper north-facing trees.

Pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/richso/set ... 527786133/

Video (warning: some gaper is constantly yelping like a schoolgirl):


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 Post subject: Re: March pow in the Esplanades
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:42 am 
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Saweet! When were you there? Hit Sunrise in March. Flew in on the 15th.

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 Post subject: Re: March pow in the Esplanades
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:21 pm 
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We were there mar 9-15. We probably crossed paths at the staging area. Hope you guys had better stability than we did


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 Post subject: Re: March pow in the Esplanades
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:16 pm 
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Fun video--and great music choices!


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