So on Monday, off we headed to the Bumps. The new access road from the Burntstew Road was covered with eager hikers in various states of preparedness for the new "inbounds backcountry experience". Rather than trekking the cat track, we chose to set a new track through the powder to Flute Summit and twenty minutes later we were on top, sitting on one of the new benches that grace the summit and lookin through the fence towards our objective.
Ducking under the fence, we contoured to the SW across the summit plateau. A little wind from the NE two days before had scuffed the surface of the summit, but only metres below the summit plateau, a week old deposit of fine powder, well-dried by the low temperatures, waited for our tracks. Without stumbling over a single barely buried log or straddling a partially covered creek (a la Cerise), we were treated to a nice little run through a glade complex to the Flute/Oboe Col and a sunny meadow. It was a peaceful place to play for awhile, so we did. [photo]R2FluteCent500.jpg[caption]Rita slices towards the Flute/Oboe Col on Untracked[/photo]
Although the powder was very nice and untracked on this route, we chose to set a track to Oboe Summit. Following a contour on north-facing slopes, we enjoyed the work to the summit through a gently rounded landscape topped with a sparkling... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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