Friday, March 14, 2014

The Dog Climbs Couloirs

You can see this 300m chute from almost everywhere in Squamish - and  its been a target of Cam and I for awhile now so we decided to give it a go this week. I was excited to get out on skis with both Cam and the King and Queen of the Squamish Valley. It was t-shirt weather as we left sea level at Squamish and drove up some logging rds to the the start of the ski around 12:30. I tried to get Andrew to duck down in the car so nobody would wonder why I was driving a homeless pedophile around in the delica but he refused.

We drove to about 700m and started the hour and a quarterish skin up the logging rd. The snow was a lot more isothermic from the sunshine over the past few days than I had expected but it was still great to be out. We approached the couloir and noted that a big slide had come down in the past few days. This was not good news for the skiing conditions but was good news from a safety standpoint of climbing up it. We skinned as high as we could and then threw our skis on our backs and started bootpacking.

The firm surface was pretty difficult to kick boots into at many places, we actually found that it was best to follow the bits of avalanche debris that was left in the couloir. The surface bed elsewhere was so hard that the snowboarders needed me to go first and use my hard boot to kick in foot holes. the dog however, had no problem at all and even fell asleep while standing halfway up. Gorgeous views of Squmaish and the surrounding areas from the top. The way down was survival skiing at its best. Back to the car by 7pm  - got to love spring time for long hours of daylight.

We were heading to chute in the upper right of the photo

but first some business and ski ballet to attend to in the avalanche the same time

Andrew finally found someone who understood him
A few hours, and a great number of toe bruising kicks later, we reached the top. Not a problem for the doggie.
Sky Pilot Group
Garibaldi Highlands and Quest U
Andrew hates this photo...I love it.
The mother of the wind, lying on her back, can you see her?
Looking back towards the summit

Hello Town

I'm glad there was no one there to see us. Nice touch, back to the car at 7pm

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