The start to the year has been a slow one mainly due to terrible weather and then work and conditions. Finally things lined up and I was able to get out with Katie and a new addition to the gang who I brought out Jessica. As always Clubtread is still a wealth of information so I checked out whatever trip reports I could find.
We were able to drive Katie's CRV abit up the snowy FSR, no tire tracks and just some old snowmobile tracks. We made it as fall as an incline where the tires wouldn't bite anymore. This meant a 1km walk to the spur road, and then another 5km walk to the old t-bar.
A good moment was when we were taking a break at the old lift and I told Jess that since she was our new trail breaker it was her initiation for her to go first and just follow the lift to the end and then aim in this general direction into the forest. Her reply was something along the lines of is there no trail to follow. Sorry no trail Katie & Alan trips alot of the time.
We lucked out because it was right after that huge monsoon happened and the lower portion of the steep forest was a bomb proof rain crust which the snowshoes grabbed perfectly with no sinking. Eventually we popped into the alpine where the monsoons lower down had dropped alot of nice light fluffy powder and Tearse appeared above us.
Everyone took turns breaking trail, while getting a look at Goldtip our next objective and of course Silvertip showing off. It didn't take long and before we knew it we were high fiving ontop of Tearse.
The ridge over towards Goldtip looked quite pleasant so off we went, plunging our way down making a mess of the mountain. It was a very mellow open ridge, and Katie was feeling strong today so off she went bolting to arrive at the summit of Goldtip first.
We got lucky with some sunshine, minimal wind so were were able to hang out and eat our lunch and enjoy a winter summit for a change.
Not much to say on the way down, it was fast and smooth and fun, then having some chit chat for the final 6km of FSR is always a bonus as is tailgate beers.