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post #331 of (permalink) Old 10-25-2015, 01:00 AM
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Thanks for the advice guys. Yeah the scree (or boulders I should say) are awful indeed. Those boulders/rubble are even worse than the scree I'm familiar with from the Rockies. The treadmill scree is only worse to go up, but not bad coming down. These boulders, mmm, ugly both up and down... So far among the peaks I've done I encountered "treadmill scree" only on Snass and Seton, everything else was more "boulder" than "scree". I think most peaks by Wedgemount are better done in early summer or spring on snow..

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post #332 of (permalink) Old 11-16-2015, 11:02 AM
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15 Nov, 2015. From below 1st peak on Seymour. Roughly 25-35cm of base with about 5-8 cm of the fresh stuff on top. Lots of people out enjoying the snow.
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post #333 of (permalink) Old 11-16-2015, 11:59 AM
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Hiked Dreamweaver up to Cut on Grouse on Sunday afternoon. No one on the trail. Returned by Skyline, Mackey, old BCMC and BP to car.
Great hiking conditions, clean trails. It was humid but OK temperatures. Top of the Cut was covered by manmade and natural snow but little. plenty of kids there ...
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post #334 of (permalink) Old 11-16-2015, 05:43 PM
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Snowshoeing at Marriott Basin from 1350--1900m this past Wednesday and again on the weekend. As of Wednesday, one metre at Wendy Thompson Hut; another 70cm of snow Thursday/Friday left a base of 150cm at the hut for Saturday. 15cm new overnight Saturday night.

Note that above treeline and in some areas slightly below treeline there is now enough snow for avalanches. There is at least on crust layer about 25cm above the ground up to areas above treeline and a couple of buried surface hoar layers with slabbing on top. Avalanche season is on. Summer hiking trails often cross avalanche slopes without regard for winter conditions: don't be caught napping.

Also, early season conditions still exist for snowshoers: deep clefts between rocks or fallen trees can provide significantly deep holes to plunge into. Great conditions for snowshoeing, though trailbreaking is difficult, but everything is well-covered with snow...

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went to Zoa Peak yesterday, put on our snowshoes on right at the parking lot and turned around at sub-summit , 1-2 meter snow there

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post #336 of (permalink) Old 11-18-2015, 01:52 AM
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Conditions on Mt. Strachan as of Nov. 15:
http://stevensong.com/mount-strachan

Snowshoes were used but not required thank to the effort by previous parties. Had there been no previous tracks the 'shoes would be a must. Things might have changed now though.
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Emory Creek road is washed out in several places right now, I heard Silver Skagit is too.
Also there are trees and rocks down blocking many roads and even highways in the Fraser Valley at the moment. There's a house sized boulder sitting in the westmost lane on Highway 1 just north of Lake of the Woods...
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Conditions on Mt. Strachan as of Nov. 15:
http://stevensong.com/mount-strachan

Snowshoes were used but not required thank to the effort by previous parties. Had there been no previous tracks the 'shoes would be a must. Things might have changed now though.
Is Mt. Strachan doable/safe with micro spikes via Christmas Gully in the current conditions?
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Is Mt. Strachan doable/safe with micro spikes via Christmas Gully in the current conditions?
Someone else can probably answer. Snow pack is shallow and icy now. I've never done Christmas Gully actually and I don't have experience with micro spike neither (only used crampons).
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On Thursday (19th) I went up Christmas Gully to Strachan North and South and then made a loop going up the backside of Hollyburn and back to the parking lot along the Baden Powell. The gully is doable, but bring proper gear and take care. The gully snow was firm and crusty and I put on micro-spikes, kicking steps in on steeper slopes. The gully doesn't see much sun this time of year and with the icy conditions spikes are the minimum I would bring, maybe crampons. There was a least one sketchy section going up the gully that a slip on the hard icy snow could mean a steep slide down to exposed rocks in the creek. Going up the backside of Hollyburn is a bushwack with route-finding and steep icy sections.

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post #341 of (permalink) Old 11-23-2015, 09:51 AM
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Up at lightning lakes/Mt Frosty there is lots of surface hoar. Up to 3cm, maybe a touch more, sitting on a few cm of low density snow on top of a crust. Below this 8-10cm of low density snow buries another buried crust/hoar combo. Top crust layer quite reactive, but didn't dig a pit to test. Found this setup from about 1400m to 1800m. I didn't get to venture into the alpine though.

I'm hearing/reading a lot of reports of surface hoar and an early season complex snowpack in a lot of places. Stay safe out there, I'm sure things will come alive during the next big snowfalls.
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Elk Mountain has some blowdown, already cleared, thanks Eddie!(local jumper from Ryder Lake) I was out of country...must have missed a big storm, I'd be prepared for other trails trails in the Chilliwack valley with debris issues
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Conway Pk access had a few trees down, too.
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Conway Pk access had a few trees down, too.
Yep. Trip report:
http://stevensong.com/conway-peak
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That is one very fine and photographically detailed report, would have loved to see that posted on CT. Beautiful pictures and they tell the story; you both look like frozen statues up there.

Did this in August - and what a different world it is.

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