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Spearhead Traverse in a Day
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.15 - 07:10:13
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges / Spearhead Range
Difficulty: 3: steep snow slopes
1-day solo traverse of the spearhead range, from Whister gondola to Blackcomb peak (counter-clockwise)
For $60, I took a ride up the Whistler gondola at 7:15am, for their breakfast club (they called it fresh tracks, but it hadn't snowed in 4+ days). At 8:05 am, received the patrol's permission to finish breakfast, and skined up to the top of the Harmony chair, on a freshly groomed road. Flute, Oboe, ... around Fissile, W of Overlord, MacBeth col, ... many cols, ..., traversed across Decker's N face, .... All the way around the scenic Spearhead range, returning to the col SW of Blackcomb peak (body-bag couloir, a fun dusk/moon-lit descent).
Down at Blackcomb Fairmont hotel at 6pm.
Excellent skiing (about 1000 ft vertical, foam) on the slopes W of Overlord peak. Crusty everywhere else.
Half-way through the Spearhead traverse, I ran into several parties. Popular weekend (10+ people, all going clockwise).
Snow conditions, hard wind-slabs > 2000 m, rain-crust less than 1900 m. Ski penetration, 0-5cm, generally hard, fast skiing, but tiring on the ankles. Several hut-sized cornices have fallen in the past several days, near Overlord peak.
[photo]DSC00101.jpg[caption]shiny & hard...
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