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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-28-2014, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Nice, if long, ski tour, too bad the road is a bit tedious, especially on the way out (long flat sections).

We took advantage of the forecasted sunny break on Thursday and got it almost right. Our timing was off by maybe 30 minutes. The clouds moved in as we were about 150 m below the summit and although it got a bit better we had flat light for most of the descent.

Wet snow (combined with crusty section below Iditarod Lake) all the way to 2000m. Saw several Size 1 natural releases on SE near ridge tops and few Size 1 point releases below rocks on the same aspect. My guess they were a day old.

A really hard wind compressed snow with 5 cm of fresh snow on Brandywine above 2100m. Skied down the short N face of Brandywine Mt: stability was good, nothing moved, nice coastal powder.

NE aspects between Brandywine and Metal Dome Glacier: heavy snow, no pole detected layers up to 100 cm, some pinwheeling but no sloughing. From treeline to the road: heavy wet snow in the openings and hard, rough and fast surface beneath trees.

No whumphing, no cracking all day.

Have fun, be safe.

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nice, and some good photos too.
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Some fine pics there! I did not know that lake was called Iditarod.
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Thanks! The lake is labeled "Iditarod" on Clark Geomatics Callaghan Valley map. Perhaps it is just informal for now.
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Very long approach for sure. I skied with your friend Ron last year (friend of a friend). We did Metal Dome NE side.

Max and I approached Brandywine from the Olympic park heading up towards Grizzly Lake couple of years back. Maybe slightly shorter approach.
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Stoked, where is Grizzly Lake? Looking at the map parking at Alexander Falls does look like a shorter distance to the end of the road, but crossing Callaghan Creek could be problematic. Do you have a GPS track of your trip?
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Stoked, where is Grizzly Lake? Looking at the map parking at Alexander Falls does look like a shorter distance to the end of the road, but crossing Callaghan Creek could be problematic. Do you have a GPS track of your trip?
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Grizzly Lake is SE or East of Cayley. If you follow the Wild Spirit trail to Callaghan lodge there is a bridge across Callaghan Creek and a road cut on the other side. Check the satellite view. We followed the road cut to the valley north of Brandywine Glacier that leads to Grizzly Lake. There may be a GPS track somewhere. Will try to find it.
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Stoked, I see it now, definitely more adventurous approach, not sure about the distance, that seems to be the same. If you find the GPS track I'd appreciate seeing it. Cheers.
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nice pics!
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