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Back Again: Mount Lasca on Skis
Timestamp Free: 2017.11.18 - 06:22:13
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Nelson Range
  (1 days)
Participants: Doug Brown, Sandra McGuinness, Roland Perrin, Bert Port, Fred Thiessen.
Difficulty: 3: Some exposure to avalanche terrain.
A ski tour to the summit of Mount Lasca via the southeast ridge from Harrop Low Road.
Mount Lasca, while only 20 km in a straight line from Nelson, still seems a distant place, probably owing to the lack of nearby roads and the overgrown nature of the one long hiking trail that leads anywhere close (Mill Lake trail). Doug and I had last skied up Mount Lasca in the spring of 2005 when we skied from Whitewater Ski Resort to Proctor in April and tagged Lasca and Irvine along the way. Mount Lasca is not a peak I thought I would ever visit again.

But, winter logging (spring logging now) up newly built roads in Harrop Creek made a day trip to Mount Lasca seem possible. The weekend before, Doug, Roland and myself had toured along the Harrop-Narrows Divide from Harrop Low Road, so we had some familiarity with the area. Despite that, I almost led us up the wrong drainage as I'd forgotten we had been in a tributary of Harrop Creek and not the main Harrop Creek. Luckily, we had Fred, the human GPS, along to get the terrain straightened out in my head. [photo]lasca_creek_kmc.jpg[caption]Easy skiing up Harrop Creek[/photo]

Harrop Low Road ends in a clearcut about 50 to 80 metres above the main Harrop Creek, but we found a skid road that led us down to where we could easily start skiing and cross the eastern most tributary of Harrop Creek and get into the main Harrop Creek drainage. Skiing up this drainage was easy as there was good snow coverage, and we plugged along for an hour or so to about 1700 metres, where we had a late breakfast stop - the day having started early.

After snacking, I broke trail and somehow managed to get us into much steeper terrain than necessary, and also somewhat off route to the east by getting suckered up the wrong fork of upper Harrop Creek. GPS-man Fred, came to the rescue again, and we got back on course and...

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