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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-22-2014, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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My buddy and I took our skis out for a ride yesterday afternoon. We ended up driving up the road till just above 1250m. At that point chains would be necessary but we didn't see the point and just started skiing. We took the lower spur that goes along at about 1300m. It went okay. With better snow coverage you might save some time since it is a little more direct. I think we ended up coming out even.

Due to being short on time, we decided to go up to a point part way up the west ridge and ski out from there. We ended up going up an avalanche path in some couloir which ended up being a bad idea. At about 1650-1700 meters the snow developed a thick, icy crust on top. It was difficult to break. In places where it had avalanched, there was just a thin bit of icy snow on top of bare dirt/rocks. We ended up retreating and practicing our survival skiing techniques.
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any pics ?

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Sorry. I was in too much of a hurry to take any. By the time we got to spoon lake it was too dark to get a decent photo with my crappy cellphone anyway.
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Np. Sometimes its all about having fun anyways.

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. We ended up going up an avalanche path in some couloir which ended up being a bad idea.
Now that doesn't sound like a bad idea at all!
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Good you guys got out to check conditions and try some snow fun. We found a hard crust on snow as well yesterday, at 1600 to 1700 meter level on Mt. Mercer.....

which is just about 15 km SW of Mt. Cheam, give or take a bit.

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Now that doesn't sound like a bad idea at all!
at least he's being totally honest
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post #8 of (permalink) Old 12-23-2014, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Now that doesn't sound like a bad idea at all!
Well put

In my defense, the couloir had avalanched, and I figured it was safer to go there than to go underneath something else (visibility was pretty crappy). It was fairly low angle too, maybe 25 degrees.

The problem was that once we were in there, we were kind of stuck. It was dark, and the slopes on both sides were steeper and had cliffs at the bottom.
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