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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-12-2013, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Uncertainty turns beautiful.
June 10, 2013, Mt. Baker, Squak Gl

If anything the weather forecast was uncertain approaching the magic state when whatever is forecasted does not materialize. At least that was the case three days before the weekend.

We postponed for Sunday and Monday and it turned out to be the right call. After skinning up to Craig View under and in clouds we spent few hours sitting in zero visibility pondering our foolishness. But then clouds magically lifted on Sunday evening and we got a bluebird on Monday.

Left Craig View at 5:25 am, easy skin up with ski crampons all the way to crater, switched to boot crampons for Roman Wall, finished skinning up to Grant Peak in just about 5 hours. Sunny, light wind, pleasant temperatures. Loitered on the summit for an hour and started skiing down around noon. Roman Wall was still a bit hard but once on Squak the corn was just perfect all the way to Craig View. The best high speed backcountry turns in years. GPS showed max speed at 56.8 km/h. Top of Roman Wall to Craig View in the most beautiful 15 minutes of this spring ski season.

Ski out was on wet, suncupped snow dirtied by polen and lower down by branches and all that stuff trees shed.

Sign at the beginning of FR13 now says the snowmobile season is over so the South side should be quiet now.

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/running...7634089255303/


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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-12-2013, 06:41 PM
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Beautifu shots.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 06-12-2013, 09:28 PM
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a person back country skiing with only 518 posts cant be taken seriously at all, this trip must be sketchy and down right ridicilous regarding safety and terrain reading..

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Just kidding.
Thanks for posting RC,Your posts always count and have huge value on CT.
Just up your post count with more real, cool trips eh? always appreciated.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 06-13-2013, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Karvitk and Aqua Terra. I wish I had time to do more reports.
Anyway I forgot to write the yellow line in the Google shot is the Scott Paul Trail, it is 99% snow covered and a bit hard to follow right now.

Wishing excellent adventures to everyone!
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Nice one, how long did it take you to drive from Vancouver to the trailhead? Inquiring minds want to know.
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post #6 of (permalink) Old 06-14-2013, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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It is about 180 km from VanDusen Gardens to the trailhead. It took us 3 and 1/2 hours each way including border and a stop to buy fruit and veggies (on the way there) and beer (on the way home) at Trader's Joe in Bellingham. Currently there is no need for parking pass.
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