It sounded like a hair brained scheme given that it was the middle February. However, the avalanche danger was the (unheard of) low in the alpine and low below treeline, it hadn't snowed more than a few centimeters in over a week, and it was going to be a full moon to boot. I had anticipated the trip would take about 18 hours (at least). That meant if we left at the Diamondhead parking lot at 2:00 AM and had a couple of hours sleep at Elfin lakes, we should arrive at the Rubble creek parking lot at about 10:00 PM. Trips always take longer than anticipated. So, we carried relatively light (30 pounds or so) packs with enough gear to spend the night if need be. We half-planned on spending the night if the skiing was great or the trip took longer than anticipated.
By midnight I was leaving Vancouver. Sean and Alistair had done the car shuffle a few hour earlier and I was to meet them at the Elfin lakes shelter. By 1:30 AM I was leaving the Diamondhead parking lot. Headlamps were optional due to the full moon. The trip into Elfin lakes was uneventful and very pleasant. The northwest facing slopes along Paul ridge were largely untracked and in stellar condition. I had half a mind to sneak a run in but logic prevailed.
By 4:00 AM I was rolling into the cabin at Elfin lakes. I bumped into a pair who were just leaving for an attempt on the south ridge of Atwell Peak. They looked at me as if I was an idiot. I returned the favour. "What are you doing up at this hour ?". "What are YOU doing up at this hour ?". Shortly thereafter I found a hiding spot in the cabin and hoped Alistair and Sean would either... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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