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Mt. Rohr Day Ski Tour
Timestamp Free: 2018.08.15 - 18:29:15
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges / Cayoosh Range / Cayoosh Range West
  (1 days)
Participants: Kevin Titus; Mitch Sulkers
Difficulty: 2: Forested travel on middle of route; straight forward routefinding in alpine; avalanche terrain
Lots of fresh snow in the past week and a good mid-winter base drew us to a day of touring on Mt. Rohr. We were not disappointed.
Kevin had been doing a lot of touring in the Cayoosh recently and was reporting excellent snow conditions; after a brilliant day of touring on Cowboy Ridge on Sunday, it was clear that the long-expected holiday crowds had appeared in Whistler, so we decided on Monday night that it was time to head back to the Cayoosh.

As Cayoosh, Marriott, and Cerise were all experiencing the usual holiday pressures, we decided to make Mt. Rohr our objective for the day. The winter snowpack in the Cayoosh Range has been a cold one this year, and there are many sharp, hard objects lurking beneath the snow surface in any areas that receive wind scouring during the regular northerly outflows or south-westerly storms. We hoped that the abrupt west ridge of Rohr would have done its usual job of providing lee for good deposits of the white stuff on its northern aspect.

The trail from the parking lot was well broken in, with only a few centimetres of fresh snow in the tracks. At the end of the access road, the usual labyrinth of climbing tracks evolved, snaking in every direction through the woods. In the end, we decided to take our own route, as most established tracks had a thin layer of surface hoar that is less positive to climb on.

Kevin had mentioned that a friend was leading a group on snowshoes into the Rohr basin area, and, not long after the Rohr/Aspen junction, we spotted the three of them descending through the forest. After holiday greetings, we chatted about the conditions further up. The last couple of days had been cool, with temperatures around -20C. As the crew was doing a little exercise as prep for Mt. McKinley, they were on snowshoes and had been humping a sled around and around in the alpine, especially up and down the steep rock garden directly below Rohr Lake....

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