Mark organized the trip for a club. I'd been on a few trips with the club last year - the only skier on a snowshoer's trip. It seemed to work well. In the parking lot where we met I was surprised to run into Greg. He was heading up on snowshoes (surprise!) but carrying up boogie board skis, which are short skis not much longer than a binding and look kind of like stunt skis. I decided to drive my own vehicle just in case I needed to bail out early. [photo]GregLino.JPG[caption]Boogie skis.[/photo]
The usual pre-trip confab revealed I was the only one with an avalanche beacon and shovel. It's reassuring because then I know that we won't be traveling in avalanche terrain. There's a new overpass at Porteau Cove courtesy of the Olympics which means you can now park at the Deeks Lake trailhead without having to cross the highway. Mark tried to get up the side road a short distance but got stuck in the snow. It's fortunate that I brought a shovel because I was able to dig him out later. It's good to find a use for a shovel. I don't know what to do with a single beacon, though but I took it anyway, in case there was a break in. You never know, there may be a trip in future where there are two beacons. We could play hide and seek.
There was a regional temperature inversion, which was good for the approach. There was about 30 cm of hard-frozen snow... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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