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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-13-2014, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Default Brian Waddington Hut/Phelix Creek update

We, a group of 5 ACC Vancouver members, visited the hut this past weekend (6-8 March 2014). What was a planned 4 day trip was cut short by a day due to weather.

The whole approach is on snow, the logging road has one major fall down (0.5 km past the second bridge) that is easily skied over but will stop vehicles once the snow is gone. The trail is well marked by orange diamonds, all are visible, between 1-2 meters above snow.

The cabin is in great shape, the small heater works (bring white gas!) and there are two new looking coleman lanterns (white gas!) that work flawlessly. Every bit of heat source helps! The coleman double burners were put away in the cupboards, we did not assemble them, but last year they were rather inefficient. It is probably best to bring your own stove from now on.

Despite the high/considerable avy rating we found the NE and N side of Cabin Hill to be pretty stable (no layers detected in the upper 120 cm snowpack, nothing triggered by ski cutting or by skiing). The snow was a bit heavy but without noticeable crust. Skiing was easier on the steeper parts.

A different story on the S facing slopes above the lake, opposite Cabin Hill. A decent crust made the skiing pretty miserable and after one run we went back to N aspects.

There is less snow now then there was last year at the beginning of January. The tree skiing is not fun at all and some parts are just not skiable.

Short slideshow: Phelix - the wet dog edition:
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Thanks for the update
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really liked your pics, many thanks. So, you parked near the intersection of birkenhead and phelix roads? how was the road in for driving?
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You are welcome Aqua Terra!

Thanks xj6response. We parked where Phelix and Birkenhead (Blackwater) road meet. On the way in (6 March, Thursday AM) the Blackwater Road was unplowed with 15-20 cm of dry snow (fun drive!). At the parking lot it was -5°C and we had hopes for some epic skiing but with rising elevation the snow turned wet. On the way out (8 March, Saturday PM) the road was mostly ice with a layer of slush. +2°C. Slow drive out.
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I heard some reports that whilethe heaters do work - it certainly does not get too warm in there - would you agree.

Nice photos!
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the heater is pretty useless but better then nothing. we were hanging gloves 2" above it and they would dry.

I think at night it was about -2 outside. and with 2 lanterns, heater, stoves, and 5 bodies it was still only +5 inside.
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They are not advertising it but the "coldness" of the Brian Waddington Hut is proudly sponsored by MEC. The rationale behind denying wood stove for the hut is misguided environmental concerns, the same misguidedness that awards heliskiing as a first prize in MEC contest.
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