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Ski Touring near Mount Currie
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.12 - 10:41:05
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
(4 days) Elevation Gain: 2000m
Participants: Greg Stoltmann (organizer), Mike Peel, Ron Groom, Vince Haugland, Tania Zulkoskey, Andrew ?, Edward the Russian
Difficulty: 3: Steep slope for final summit of Mount Currie, and also icy slopes up Wedge mountain.
A ski loop starting at Wedgemount Lake road and running along the divide running between Wedge Mountain and Mount Currie. Both peaks were climbed.
Greg had attempted Mt Currie the previous two years - both on Easter weekends - and both times the weather and the snow conditions made it either impossible or dangerous to go the summit. I was with him in 2003, when avalanche activity and bad weather kept us in our tent for two days, before we were forced to head home on the fourth day. That trip was the one where I learned the importance of bringing booties along, as there is nothing worse than having soaking wet leather boots for 4 days. It didn't matter that I changed socks every morning; one hour later, after the moisture of my inner liners soaked the new socks, my feet would be wet and cold again. So I did have dry feet for about 1 hour every morning. At that time, when your standing in the cold rain eating your oatmeal, you think to yourself that this weekend is really a write-off, and I could be at Home Depot right now - selecting new tiles for the bathroom, but instead I'm out here freezing my butt. But in retrospect those rainy weekends are just preparing you for the enjoyment you experience when you have a sunny weekend that we were about to have on this trip.
Greg had 7 people who signed up for this BCMC trip, some who had been on previous Mt Currie attempts, while others were new to the game. We were all in for an enjoyable four-day weekend.
On Friday morning we drove to the Wedgemount Lake road turn-off and after a further drive of about one kilometer along the road a big snow patch then stopped us. After assembling our gear, and hoisting our packs, we hiked up the road for a couple of kilometers before taking a sharp turn into a recent clearcut and we then started our ascent. The clearcut extended for about two kilometers, and traveling through this section was especially frustrating as the bushy...
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