For almost two years in the mid-1980's I travelled between Edmonton and Vancouver every week on business and it was a route that I got to know well. When the plane takes off from Vancouver airport in the morning it's usually to the west, over the sea. We circle north, pass over downtown, and then over the mountains north of the Fraser Valley. After the city is left behind and before crossing the Lillooet River I would pay particular attention to an area with high plateaus and glaciers stretching north towards Whistler. It looked like good ski traverse country since it seemed all connected up, was well over tree line, and was not overly rugged.
One of my earliest involvements of the Alpine Club was in attending Vancouver section meeting which had, as a slide show presentation, a summer of 1972 traverse by Klaus Haring and Peter Alig from Wedgemont Lake north of Whistler to Alouette Lake in the Fraser Valley. One of the strongest impressions made then, and it subsequent years whenever the name Misty Icefields was mentioned, was that here was an area, which despite its proximity to Vancouver, was wild, remote and seldom visited. This was the area I was viewing from the air.
The time had come to get a little more serious about this. The maps combined with aerial photos taken on my trips clearly showed that it was possible to do a high level ski traverse starting from the Remote Peak area well south of the Misty Icefields and ending at Whistler. The only hitch seemed to be the... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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