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Trial by Blizzard: Goddard Glacier Ski Camp
Timestamp Free: 2020.03.29 - 05:45:57
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
(8 days) Elevation Gain: 2600m
Participants: Mike Thompson, Bob Milward, Grant McCormack, Jeff Ulriksen, Klaus Haring, Leonie Knaus,
Liz Ball, Margaret Hanson, Martin Siegert, Mike Peel, Peter Noris, Ross Eichendorf', Tony
Knight, Zoran Vasic
Difficulty: 2: Easy to moderate slopes
Ski mountaineering from a basecamp on the Goddard Glacier
My first visit to the Goddard Glacier was 24 years ago. That time we canoed up Chilko lake for 2 1/2 days in sometimes very rough conditions, then bushwhacked along Farrow Creek for 1 1/2 days and finally established high camp west of Scharnhorst on the 5th day, climbing that peak in the afternoon. Then we were pinned down for 2 days of rain and snow after which we climbed Canopus via its bare SW face and Cradock in ankle deep, fresh, wet snow. The same day we moved back down to below Goddard Glacier to attempt Good Hope the next day. However we got into an afternoon blizzard before we reached the upper Good Hope Glacier and eventually turned around at 2900m because of lack of time, visibility and crampons. The following day we moved camp to below Farrow Glacier only to wake up, after a rainy night, to fresh snow below treeline and clouds just above. So we had to give up our hope for that peak too. For complete report see Goddard Glacier Peaks and Good Hope via Farrow Creek.
Considering the relatively poor weather in summer it was probably a bit foolhardy to go back in winter and it turned out to be winter still in end of April on the Goddard Glacier. This time using a helicopter got us there a lot faster, but with 4 flights for 14 people it was early afternoon until everybody was in camp and later still till all tents were up. I was the first to head for Wednesday Col, about 350m higher to the SSE.
At the pass a cold wind greeted me and Mt Gilbert and Raleigh to the south were under clouds, just barely visible behind a veil of light snow. To the north Good Hope was similarly obscured. Looking down the Goddard Glacier I noticed that the western lobe with its small terminal lake had disappeared and the main tongue seemed to end just east of the tip of...
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