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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-09-2016, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Default Syaqtsa,Sem'am,Kwtamts,Appa,Longspur Peaks May 07-08,2016

A great spring skiing destination with a easy access.
I was able to drive to km 18,where I got stopped by a waterbar,too deep for my car.
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We walked 2.5 km before we were able to put our skis on,from where was another 1.5 to the cabin.
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I was surprised how fast after the cabin we were in a open terrain.
The medows still have lots of snow,most of the bridges are gone,but you can still find a way over the creek.
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Once we got near the lake we had a clear view of the area ahead of us and that massive glacier.
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After the lake we stayed on the left side of the glacier and just pass Syaqtsa Peak we started going hard left towards the peak.
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ID:	133193 Appa Peak behind
At first we were thinking to skip it,looked pretty bad from our angle and with ski boots ,that's not the best choice for a scrambles route,but once we were getting closer we saw a easy way up the summit,still few moves of some class 3 scramble with some exposure,not pleasant in ski boots.
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We didn't spent too much time on the summit,just few photos and back to our skis from where we started going towards Sem'am Peak skinning up a snow slope that we had to boot pack for few meters after what we were able to skin again.
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The peak itself it's pretty easy and the view from the summit are pretty good.
Few photos,switched to ski mode and down to the col between Sem'am and Kwtamts Peak.
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Kwtamts Peak is another easy peak,we were able to skin all the way up to the summit,were we switched again to ski mode and started our descend towards the col between Kwtamts and Appa SW2,from where we tried to stay as high as possible and just keep on traversing to end up further up on the glacier.
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Once we got on the glacier we switched again to skins and started our way up towards Appa.
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The weather was getting worse,pretty cloudy everywhere,by the time we got to the summit of Appa in few areas was already raining.
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Skiing down from Appa was ok,but once we got on the glacier,it was crazy how many ice worms were there,never saw so many in one area.
It was also pretty windy on the glacier and we saw few rocks at the top at the glacier,so we aimed for that hoping that there will be less windy.
Once we found a good camping spot we got the tent set up,all those black clouds were gone and now we could see blue skies,so we were hoping that in the morning we will have the same blue skies.
We woke up at 6,it was pretty clear,so we got ready and soon we left towards Longspur Peak.
We decided to ski all the way down to the back side of Appa W3,great icy skiing on that glacier.
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After a nice ski run it was time for that big hill climb towards Longspur Peak.
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We used ski crampons in few spots,but once we got on the face the snow was getting softer and we were able to go without ski crampons.
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Pretty much 50 m from the summit it gets pretty steep ,from where we bootpacked to the summit.
Great views from the summit,the clouds were getting closer and the snow was getting softer so after few photos we started or ski descent off Longspur Peak.
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Great corn snow half way on the face,from where it was starting to get soft in few spots,but still pretty good skiing.
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On the way back,we decided to take the route I was thinking looking in google earth,to go towards Appa W3 and aim right for a low col at 2300m,and from there back to our camp,less climbing this way.
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After we were all packed and ready to go we started our descend on Appa glacier.
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Not too many turn on that run,pretty much just a long straight line,just few turn near the lake where the glacier gets a bit steeper.
From the bottom of the glacier it was another few km back to the car,the snow was soft and some bridges that we crossed were already cracked.
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At about 3 km from the car started to rain,but who cares,we were on our way back and not that far from the car.
Great weekend in a new area,loved the easy access,and looks like the snowmobile season is done.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-10-2016, 11:18 AM
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Excellent trip to a very scenic area which your photos illustrate very well.
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I remember that road being super bumpy, i think we made it 17km a lot of it on snow, nice area.
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I remember that road being super bumpy, i think we made it 17km a lot of it on snow, nice area.
Wasn't that bad now,just one spot at km 10 a creek crossing,then the few 2 km or so before the uphill lots of those waves left from snowmobilers ,they 3-4 waterbars ok,and one was too deep for me to try .

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