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Cayoosh Mountain - An unfortunate Knee Injury
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.10 - 05:03:05
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges / Cayoosh Range / Cayoosh Range West
  (1 days)
Participants: Pierre Signore; Pascal Haegeli; Pierrot Harvie; Kevin Riddell; Adrian Rothwell
Difficulty: 4: Steep snowface (45 degrees)
Climb of Cayoosh Mountain via the East Bowl/East Face from the Duffey Lake Road. Knee injury of one of the skiers on the East Glacier required self-rescue and evacuation.
The plan was ambitious, we were ready for an epic. And an epic it was, even though not quite the one we expected. Read on.

Last minute changes transformed our Euro team into a more international party. Kevin (Canada), Pascal (Switzerland), Pierrot (Canada), Adrian (Australia) and I (France) met at the Church in West Vancouver on Friday evening around 7:30 pm. After a few minutes spent organizing car pooling, we once again went through the plan to brief the latest to join the group.

Cayoosh would be ascended and skied from the summit on Saturday morning. We would then ski to the Cerise Creek cabin on Saturday afternoon and rest. On Sunday, we would climb and ski Matier and finish the week-end by an ascent of Joffre.

Shortly before 8 pm, we headed for our camp site, the Joffre Lakes parking lot. We arrived there around 11 pm, set up tents and fell asleep promptly.

Up at 6 am on Saturday morning. We quickly drove to the trail head and started skiing up the logging road at 7:20 am. Hard snow made for a fast and easy progression. High clouds were hiding the sun: perfect weather. At the end of the logging road, we decided to take a direct approach and to climb into the East bowl straight from the bottom. After a few minutes through trees, the lower slopes of the bowl were reached. The clouds had now disappeared and the sun was bright. Snow was softening rapidly.

Transceiver check. We switchbacked up the slopes and had a first break at 8:50 am to regroup. We were now 1.5 hour from cars and well into the East bowl. Good time. A series of moraines had to be crossed. Half an hour later, we reached the top of the farthest, facing the snow covered East Glacier. Cayoosh was towering in the background, defended by steep rock faces and menacing cornices. The gentle...

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