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Reco Mountain on Skis
Timestamp Free: 2019.10.17 - 02:42:33
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Slocan Ranges / Kokanee Range
  (1 days)
Participants: Cindy Walker, Sandra McGuinness ATES=simple if you stick to the ridge, although, the run-out zones of several overlapping avalanche paths must be crossed. ATES=challenging if you ski the east face.
A ski ascent of Reco Mountain by the southeast ridge.
I've wanted to ski up Reco Mountain for a couple of years, but, with one thing and another, had never made it, until this year. The big attraction is the east face - a 600 metre descent down a big avalanche bowl - that, with the right conditions makes an awesome ski run.

One day in mid-May during a disturbingly hot spell of weather, I left Nelson at 5 am and drove to Silverton to meet a friend with a snowmobile. Together, we drove on to Retallack, unloaded the sled and got underway. Within five minutes, we'd managed to roll the sled onto my leg - just one of the many mishaps I've experienced with snowmobiles - and it took some serious hefting to both get it off my leg and get it upright again.

After that, I was careful to lean way out to either side, much like one does when sailing a small craft, and we managed to keep the sled upright for the rest of the journey. We parked the sled about 9 km up Stenson Creek FSR, and skinned up a cat-track that led to the southeast ridge of Reco Mountain. My dream of skiing the east face evaporated as soon as I stepped off the sled as the snow was already soft, and, we were punching through to mid-calf just gaining the southeast ridge.

We skinned up the ridge hugging the bare rock of the windward side, but, about 15 minutes from the summit we had to leave our skis and hike up loose shaley rock to the top as the only snow left was a giant cornice that was pulling away from the rock.

Great views from the top, and plenty of time to admire them as any thought of skiing the east face was completely gone. We sat about for a while overlooking the valleys accessible from Sandon and reminiscing about all the heinous bushwacks we had done to get to the top of runs out of Sandon - most things out of Sandon seem to involve a...

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