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Mount Jimmy Jimmy in Spring
Timestamp Free: 2020.03.28 - 01:18:14
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (2 days)
Participants: Ben Mortenson, Todd Ponzini, Guy Trotter Avalanche slopes and crevasses.
Our party skied up Pakosha Creek and climbed Jimmy Jimmy from the southeast.
Our party decided to try Mount Jimmy Jimmy as a spring ski trip - the author was the only one who had been close to the peak before, having been defeated in 1999 by driving sleet at the bottom of the glacier. That time, the Marten Creek approach was used - our party decided to give Pakosha Creek a try, since I had worked with Paul Kubik and others to clear the road of alder just five months ago.

Alas, my memory isn't what it used to be, because our goup spent the better part of an hour trying to find where the Pakosha road left the Ashlu West road. After a humbling search and some teasing from Ben and Guy, we found the road and started walking and skiing up the road under cloudy skies. The trail clearing work paid off and we quickly walked and skied up the road,avoiding the creek that occasionally ran down the middle of the road. Soon we reached the end of the work - and started battling the alder. The low snowpack meant that some creative skiing was required to navigate the alder choked road. Soon enough, deeper snow and sparser alder made travel easier. We crossed a tricky creek and set off up a large avalance path, breaking trail through about a foot of heavy glop. We soon took to the tall timber, and continued the long climb to the prominant lake NE of Jimmy Jimmy. After yet more hard trailbreaking, now through heavy crust, we reached the lake and set up camp on the crest above the lake, enjoying great views and now clear skies.

The next morning we were up to clear skies and off quickly, and the hard crust was pleasent to ski along compared to the previous day's sludgy snow. A rare routefinding error found our group on a knoll which was unnecessary to climb - at least it resulted in a few turns back down to the proper route. We gave the ice cliffs of the...

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