Joined: Thu Nov 18, 2004 5:07 am Posts: 616 Location: Montana
Having spent the last 3 weeks trying to regain goodboy status on the homefront I got permission to make 1 more BC trek. I figured I'd have an easy day & get to hit this couloir I've wanted to do for a couple of years now. Theres a jeep trail that goes almost to the base of the back side of this couloir & I could easily make 3 or 4 runs if the snow was good. Well my "easy" concept was crushed by 1 snowdrift about 4' deep still & only ~ 30 yards long. I wasn't going to let that get me so I decided to hike the ~ 8 miles remaining. The view from my starting point - the objective is the couloir farthest to the lookers left.
Rather than take the ridgeline around to the mtn I decided to make a shortcut down through the canyon between. It maybe saved a mile of travel but cost me ~ 2800' of downhill bushwack and ~3100' of uphill vert on the other side. The 1st few miles went like this
Finally I gained the summit above the couloir & was rewarded with this
Since I was solo I only have this as my run down.
After hiking out & taking the ridgeline route back to the pickup I finally made it home ~ 8:30. So much for the 4:00 arrival I'd told my wife to expect. I guess its back to projects for me next weekend