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Mount Macbeth from Mount Pattison # 6473

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Date: 2005.03.13
Vantage Point: From summit of Mount Pattison

Caption: Mount Macbeth from the Northwest, with the Curtain Glacier cascading down Macbeth's N Face.

PhotoDescr: A melt-freeze cycle has created quick conditions in the Spearhead and Fitzsimmons Ranges. Clear skies and longer days mean lots of opportunity to check out some of the peaks further from access points. Given that the valley snow disappeared some time ago and there is talk of lift closures, we decided to take the opportunity to check out some of the higher peaks in the Spearhead Range from the Blackcomb lift system.

In all, rather pleasant travelling conditions, particularly for those with ski crampons attached. Excellent snow stability and moderate winds from the north meant that north slopes stayed well-frozen and the sun created modest amounts of corn on other aspects.

At the point where the regular Spearhead route crosses the south ridge of Pattison, I took the opportunity to scramble up to the summit on good styrofoam snow. This shot of Macbeth was just one of the fine views from the summit.

A number of groups were out doing the Spearhead in a day today. Suggestion is, with all the thawing going on, that there may be some earlier closures on the local mountains. As it is, the man-made snow routes to the valley are rapidly disappearing, so, if the Spearhead in a day is something you'd like to do, you might want to get to it in the next couple of weeks.

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