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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-27-2016, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Default Wedge (NE Arete) and Parkhurst - solo, day-trip, snowshoes

Full trip reports:
http://stevensong.com/wedge-mountain
http://stevensong.com/parkhurst-mountain

There's no much thing going on the board thank to the crappy weekend weather, but I had every Tuesday off and this past Tuesday WAS a great day.

Without any sleep I left Vancouver by 1 am and approached via "Rethel Ridge" thank to one thread on this board saying it's a "faster approach". Not really.. The roads were overgrown making hours of horrendous bushwhacking in secondary growth forest, but I powered it all through and made to treeline in more than 6 hours, then to Wedge/Parkhurst col over more undulating terrain. Parkhurst Mountain was easily ascended from there.

Then down and up again I made my way to Wedge/Weart col, then up the start of NE Arete, only to be blocked by a broken notch. Maybe it's the early season conditions or the route collapsed, but that notch was definitely mixed climbing with huge exposure to get over with. No thanks to I went down around and the east side bowl. The upper arete was exposed, but not difficult (soft, deep snow up to 45 degrees) and the post-holing was arduous.

On the descent I took the standard Wedgemount Glacier exit which was much faster. The glacier was well glued and I picked a set of snowshoe tracks near the cabin, but the lower half of the trail required crampons. RT 15.5 hours, but could shave off 2 hours had I gone up the standard approach.

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Wow, good job man!
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Beast mode!
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Wow. Now that's a day! I enjoyed your report (including the full length version on your site). Thanks for the beta on Rethel too - I had been curious about it as a possible exit route. I'll stick to the standard route I think!
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Steven... only one word popped into my mind the second I read this... badass!

This is an epic day out! Well done and thanks for the TR and photos and I look forward to living vicariously through your future adventures.

If you have a moment, I would be interested in your cumulative gain, moving time and total distance?


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whoa... "beast mode" is right!
You could probably do Robson in single push without bivi. This Wedge trip can't be far from it

2nd last photo, wide pano, is awesome
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According to my GPS track, I just did a filter using 15 m / 20 s minimum,
The cumulative gain is just under 3100 m and distance is just over 26 km. Moving time was 9.5 hours but I'm not sure how that works. My round trip was 15.5 hours and I did not remember stopping very often other than taking pictures and 5-6 snack breaks and 2-3 gear transitions.

The stats looks less impressive than another big one I did last year - Castle Towers in one day from Rubble Creek (16 hours), but this one involved a whole lot more route-finding, and almost the entire ascent, and half of the descent involved moderate-to-heavy duty post-holing..

Robson in one day? mm.. I do have a friend who did it via S. Face in 30 hours single push. He's done most of the 11,000ers and having done one trip with him last year (17.5 hours on full force traversing 4 remote peaks) I don't think I'm nearly as beasty as him, both mentally and physically.
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what boots did you use for a trip like this?
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what boots did you use for a trip like this?
http://www.mec.ca/product/5009-329/l...10+50001+50835

Mountaineering boots. Quite beat up now but still very stiff and able to keep my feet dry in most cases.
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Incredible! Nice trip dude. No skis??
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Incredible! Nice trip dude. No skis??
Yeh no skis. With friends around I don't mind skiing "level 3/3+" by John Baldwin's book standard, but when soloing I don't feel like pushing too much on that. Level 2 and that's it unless I'm very sure about the skiing conditions. And then my fitness. On skinning I can only say I'm "above average" but on snowshoes or snow climbing most of my friends (except for a few) will have a hard time keeping up with me. Trips like this will for sure be on snowshoes.

Not saying I don't like skiing, just often I don't trust skis when planning a trip.
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Exceedingly impressive, what a go.

Beautiful weather and fabulous photos.

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