One particular story was of David Thompson's search for a northern pass to the Columbia river via the Whirlpool river and Athabasca pass. This was an area I had never been anywhere near. Thompson had first crossed this pass in the dead of winter in 1810 - 1811 on foot, going up the Whirlpool, over the pass and down to the Columbia. Here they had wintered until spring when they built a boat and went down the Columbia to its mouth in Oregon. [photo]FraserMap.jpg[caption]Map of Fraser River Headwaters Traverse[/photo].
So the idea took root that I should escape the bankrupt values of the society in which I found myself and visit the same pass, in the same season, and surrounded by the same 12 foot snows. When I got there I could climb the ledgendary 17,000 foot peaks Mt Brown and Hooker which straddled the pass. A trip of epic proportions! We'll go in the dead of winter just like Thompson and have a look for ourselves. Instead of snowshoes, we'll use skis. But it will be the same snow, the same mountains and the same trees - totally unaltered since Thompson's time! Best of all, we would be absent for the entire consumer Christmas season and make our own Christmas in the mountains.
[photo]UpWhirlpool.jpg[caption]Heading up the Whirlpool[/photo] To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
So it came to pass that I organized my first winter ski expedition....
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