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Forger Glacier from the North # 1800

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Date: 2002.05.15
Vantage Point: From Col Above "Snow Bowl Glacier"

Caption: Clouds swirling around the southern two-thirds of the Forger Glacier complex, from the north east. Forger Glacier pinnacles are clearly visible. Atwell and Garibaldi are prominent on skyline above Hour Peak. Isosceles at right, Mamquam Icefield at left in clouds.

PhotoDescr: Taken on day four of a six day traverse of the McBride Range of Garibaldi Park.

Although the Forger Glacier appears as one entity on 92 G/15, it is composed of many individual glaciers. The northern section is known as "Snow Bowl" (look at the topo and you can see why). If it were outside of Garibaldi Park, Snow Bowl would be a large heli-skiing draw; once again, we were travelling north to south and missed out on an amazing 40 degree slope.

From col at bottom of picture, the route follows crevassed slopes right and down into Drop Pass (amazing run). This can be a difficult section later in the year -- or in a low snow year -- when the crevasses start to open up.

Access to Mt. Pitt and the Misty Icefields can be had by travelling south east from the bottom of the picture and gaining Rain Door Pass from the unnamed icefield complex to the west of Pitt (didn't look too appealing).

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