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post #136 of (permalink) Old 02-13-2015, 09:03 PM
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post #137 of (permalink) Old 02-15-2015, 08:47 PM
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Was just up in the Coquihalla, it looks like like late May there, only more rain. I can't, in good faith recommend any skiing there at the moment.
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A beautiful day on Mt. Harvey today. No snow until reaching the ridge at 1400m (mid February!!) then occasional hard snow but microspikes stayed in the pack. Steeper parts of ridge were bare. No wind, warm in the sun, cold in the shade. Looked like Mt. Unnecessary area had a bit more snow. A-1 stellar hiking day!
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post #139 of (permalink) Old 02-16-2015, 10:51 AM
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I summited Metal Dome yesterday. Morning conditions were lovely, sun shining down. Snow was hard with a bit of crust. Rocks and trees poking out up to 2000m!

Snow started to soften by 11am, and began to ball up under my microspikes. I expect it was quite mushy by the time the sledders got going (they were getting ready as I returned to my vehicle). Some cornices looking heavy, but safe travel if you avoid them.
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post #140 of (permalink) Old 02-16-2015, 01:23 PM
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Has anyone been to the Duffey in the past week and comment on the coverage there?
Our group is planning on doing the North Joffre horseshoe, and we were worried that the vegetation/swamp may not have enough coverage.

We'd appreciate any feedback. Thank you!
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Did you go via Brandywine FSR? How far were you able to drive on that road?

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I summited Metal Dome yesterday. Morning conditions were lovely, sun shining down. Snow was hard with a bit of crust. Rocks and trees poking out up to 2000m!

Snow started to soften by 11am, and began to ball up under my microspikes. I expect it was quite mushy by the time the sledders got going (they were getting ready as I returned to my vehicle). Some cornices looking heavy, but safe travel if you avoid them.
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I parked after the first sharp corner on the way to the Snowmobile Hut. It was a parking lot by the time I returned. I made one unsuccessful attempt at the second corner, but decided not to push my luck and risk slipping into the ditch.

Two company trucks with big burly tires had made the second corner, after which it's smooth sailing.
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A beautiful day on Mt. Harvey today. No snow until reaching the ridge at 1400m (mid February!!) then occasional hard snow but microspikes stayed in the pack. Steeper parts of ridge were bare. No wind, warm in the sun, cold in the shade. Looked like Mt. Unnecessary area had a bit more snow. A-1 stellar hiking day!
Very cool. Any pictures showing The Lions to Harvey Pass?
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I parked after the first sharp corner on the way to the Snowmobile Hut. It was a parking lot by the time I returned. I made one unsuccessful attempt at the second corner, but decided not to push my luck and risk slipping into the ditch.

Two company trucks with big burly tires had made the second corner, after which it's smooth sailing.
Thanks a lot for info!
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A beautiful day on Mt. Harvey today. No snow until reaching the ridge at 1400m (mid February!!) then occasional hard snow but microspikes stayed in the pack. Steeper parts of ridge were bare. No wind, warm in the sun, cold in the shade. Looked like Mt. Unnecessary area had a bit more snow. A-1 stellar hiking day!
To verify accuracy of these condition reports I thought I'd audit Martin post. 100% correct - passes with flying colors! As far as surrounding peaks here's what I could see:

1) Hat has only patches of snow
2) Brunswick appears snowy from HSCT junction up - steep slope leading up to the ridge will likely be awkward with hard, frozen crust
3) Harvey Pup - bare
4) Lions have more snow. Continuous from the point where Binkert exits to rocky platform where people camp sometime
5) John asked about Lions to Harvey Pass. Best I could do for you John (click for bigger size):




6) Magnesia is white. Shelter could be spotted:


Nice pano of HSCT spine from Lions to Unnecessary from the point where trail meets lower ridge:


Nice sunset from that lookout around 1000:
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post #146 of (permalink) Old 02-17-2015, 12:20 PM
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Anyone being recently at Elfin Lakes? Is the snow still okay for skinning-up / skiing?
Any idea how crowded should be the hut around this time of the year, for staying over night (weekend)?
Thanks!
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Default Singing Pass to Russet Lake to Musical bumps this past weekend

Singing Pass to Russet Lake to Musical bumps this past weekend

The singing pass trail wasn't a pleasure to walk this past weekend, from snow to patches of snow to snow to no snow to snow to patches of snow to no snow to more snow........we had to change to microspikes/snowshoes several times, it took us a longer time to get there, no dead-falls though.

The hut is in good shape and the musical bumps was fun to walk on snowshoes (Snow was hard with a bit of crust). We walked all the way on snowshoes from Russet Lake to Gondola the next day.

here are some pics from our trip







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post #148 of (permalink) Old 02-17-2015, 01:33 PM
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zeljkok or martin: any idea if Harvey's north ramp is in?
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zeljkok or martin: any idea if Harvey's north ramp is in?
2 patches of snow, but large bare sections
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5) John asked about Lions to Harvey Pass. Best I could do for you John (click for bigger size):



Perfect, thank you. : )
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