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Musical Bumps, Looking for Powder
Timestamp Free: 2019.08.21 - 16:59:19
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges / Fitzsimmons Range
  (1 days)
Participants: R. Rice and M. Sulkers
Difficulty: 2: NTD. Generally gradual summits with steeper north faces.
A day trip in search of powder on the Musical Bumps provides for some excellent skiing on week-old snow, and the snowpack shows signs of tightening up in places.
Saturday was starry bright at 5:00 a.m., just as the forecast had predicted. With a chance to spend a day in the mountains, looking for some untracked snow, we decided to use the Whistler lifts to get us within easy range of some reasonable stashes.

From the top of the Harmony Express (038449), we scooted down the corduroy toward Piccolo Summit. Imagining that the east slopes would be completely tracked, we passed the summit on the east, heading for upper Boundary Bowl. As we contoured towards the northwest ridge of Flute, we realized our mistake. Although the powder had last fallen a week ago, there was still lots to be had on the gradual slopes to the southeast of Piccolo. As there is a firm base here, the skiing would have been fine, but like so many others, it was a case of distant snowfields must be whiter.

Scooting across the summit plateau of Flute, we chose to angle slightly north northwest. There is a swale here that is often protected by a corniced ridge that does not show on the contours of the Baldwin Map. This was a good choice, as so many people had been heading for Oboe and Cowboy Ridges that this slope was largely untouched. The base was solid and about 20-30cm of powder and surface hoar on top made for delightful turns and effortless climbing.

After a few runs in the upper Oboe Creek basin ending at 065432, we chose to skin up to Oboe, marvelling at summer cairns still exposed above the snowpack in places. We dropped onto Oboe's southern aspects for lunch at 059437. Here, a sunwarmed boulder, with only 20cm of snow around it, made for an excellent lounging spot in the warm sunshine. After lunch, we skinned back up to Oboe to look at the tracks on Cowboy Ridge across Singing Pass. The evidence of small slides during or directly after the last...

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