Sunday, February 15, 2015

Pemberton to Whistler by the high Road (Currie to Wedge Traverse)

This is my seventh winter living on the coast - the first one was just ok followed by four very good ones and an below average one last year (see stats). This year has been difficult - the best turns so far were Remembrance Day in Asulkan Cabin, a trip that we almost didn't even go on because we thought that the snow was going to be bad. Since then there have been a number of snowfalls, generally followed by a pineapple express with freezing levels above the local peaks, turning everything into boilerplate and then a high pressure system of no snow. There is so little snow at low elevations, that many of the forestry roads are still clear making access to higher terrain possible. With a large number of warm storms, above 1900m though, the snowpack in the alpine is at near normal levels. This weekend we wanted to get way up high, around here it doesn't get much higher than the Currie to Wedge Traverse.

The high divide between Hibachi Ridge and Ure Peak, We were headig toward the small but obvious saddle in the ridge ahead.