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Diamond Head (Little Diamond Head) on Skis
Timestamp Free: 2017.11.21 - 09:39:35
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
Participants: Fred Touche, Don Funk, Greg Jones
Difficulty: 2: Long day
An early season climb of Diamond Head via the Elfin Lakes Trail.
Don and I had been to Paul Ridge and the Elfin Lakes area the weekend before, and although we didn't get past the Elfin Lakes Shelter, it was an important trip as I got to work out the bugs on some new gear. Work it out I did! I "jerry rigged" a pair of my older, too long skins, onto my new shorter boards, and watched as they repeatedly fell off my skis the entire day. I eventually lost one of them completely just above the shelter, and mentioned to the BCMC party that was just leaving the shelter, that if they saw my skins "would they please put them somewhere I could see them?" (Thanks guys!) I also was in such a hurry I forgot to set the din (release setting value) on my new Diamir's (my old ones got put to rest this year), and as a result, had my ski boots pop off on every attempted turn. Now my "tough to watch" skiing style was just plain ugly! I bought Don dinner for putting up with me all day.
Fast forward a week later and I was ready for my first real ski trip of the season. I wanted a long day, and to climb something somewhat significant, but the meager snow conditions we experienced the week before were now even more scarce. Fred jumped on board when he found out we were actually climbing something (maybe just to torment his desire to finally summit Atwell, and not merely skiing.
Don picked me up at 5am and we picked Fred up in North Van and set off on a somewhat icy Highway 99. Some poor soul had found out just how icy above the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal. We drove up the Diamond Head Road and found just a bit of consolidated snow above "scary corner".
We started skinning up a snow and rock combination a little worse than what Don and I had experienced the week before, but no one was complaining. Some minor equipment adjustments at the...
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