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Tzoonie Exploration Trip on Skis
Timestamp Free: 2020.01.23 - 22:38:20
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (4 days)     Elevation Gain: 2900m
Participants: Robin Tivy, Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 3: One very steep gully at head of Pokosha Cr. The creek crossing at the Falk, Tatlow confluence may be very diffcult without snow bridges.
A Traverse from Pokosha Cr to Tatlow Cr.
There was a big dump of snow in the mountains middle of the month. Then the weather improved slowly and towards the end of the next week it was brilliant. Robin and I felt that with a week to settle avalanche conditions should be save enough for a big trip. So we made a long weekend and Friday morning drove up the Ashlu main and parked at the junction with the old mine road (Ashlu A600 - Pokosha and Marten Creeks). I can't remember whether we could have driven further, but since we were planning to come out the main road we would not have saved any distance.

Skiing up Pokosha Creek was a bit of a slog and it was 3.30PM when we made camp near the pass. From the actual pass a steep hill blocks access to the west, but a bit further north less steep slopes lead to a large flat area. We set up the tent on the north ridge of The Hill in a place we felt was save from the biggest avalanches. Not that we expected any over night, we had seen or heard nothing move all day. Afterwards we climbed The Hill to catch the last sun rays with views of the north side of Sedgwick and Tantalus. [photo]TZ01.jpg[caption]Robin ascending The Funnel in early morning sun[/photo]

The night was fairly mild and in the morning my little thermometer read +2C, although the snow that had been damp in the evening was frozen hard. We had a crack of dawn start and at 6.45AM were ready to roll. The lower slopes to the west were very steep at the bottom with many small cliffs. The only feasible way up was a broad gully that had been swept by large avalanches. I called it the Funnel. Luckily snow conditions were perfect for making the steepest switchbacks possible and we were on top in half an hour. [photo]TZ02.jpg[caption]The best skiing of the whole trip, a quick run back down above...

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