After some planning at the VOC banquet and some last minute phoning on Friday evening the trip had grown to ten people filling two cars to maximum capacity. Degrees of confidence regarding actually completing the traverse were variable. The new Baldwin guide listed the trip as four days, but it is comparable in length and difficulty to the Spearhead traverse. However, the quote that was repeated most often from the guidebook was "The traverse ends by exiting to logging roads in Gravell Cr. This is the crux of the trip". Not being too afraid of bushwhacking, and after careful study of the map and discussing the conflicting (considerable-high in South Coast vs. moderate in Whistler) avi forecast we decided to try it anyway. The compromise was to not place the car at the other end of the traverse, but hitchhike/take a cab from Pemberton to Whistler if we would actually make it.
Day 1 (Sat. Apr. 4th)
On Saturday morning Chris, Krystil, Anne, Piotr, Rozzy, Elissa, Matthew, Greta, Evan and I boarded the gondola to the top of Blackcomb. After a short skin up to the Spearhead-Blackcomb col we made the long descent towards Wedge pass. [photo]P1000179.JPG[caption]Evan skiing down the Decker drainage to Wedge pass[/photo]
From here we had a long (1000vm) ascent towards the col just east of Lesser Wedge ahead of us.
[photo]P1000186.JPG[caption]Skiing up towards the Lesser Wedge col,... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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