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Brew Hut to Callaghan Ski Traverse
Timestamp Free: 2019.10.17 - 12:03:57
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1427m
Participants: C. Fraser
Difficulty: 3: Some tricky spots at the top of long slopes. Cross over snow bridge.
Traverse from Brew Hut past Mt Fee to glacier below Powder Mtn, up over Powder Mtn and out Powder Glacier to Parking Lot at Callaghan Country . Total distance 41kms with a great ski down Powder Gl.

Day 1 - Ski into Brew Hut

I was able to drive the Roe Creek road to about the 5 km marker and walk/ski to R200 junction. Continuous snow after that.

Day 2 - Brew Hut to Callaghan

I left Brew Hut at 4:30am on good hard snow. The ridge up to Keg Peak was a bit awkward with wind ridges forcing lots of zigzags and side stepping. Nice run down to the col west of Keg and easy path up to ridge looking out over Squamish and Elaho river valleys. The ridge north to Mt Fee had some tricky spots at the top of long slopes but snow was firm without being icy. At several spots I was second guessing leaving ice axe & crampons behind. But after reaching the bowl west of Mt. Fee the going was straight forward, the fun quotient increased and soon followed old snowmobile tracks (and past one abandoned one!) over open slopes. Still firm snow at the bottom of the glacier coming off Mt Caley, leading up a nice gradient to the top of Powder Mountain, reaching the summit before noon. The run down Powder Glacier was perfect -1200 meters of cheater snow all the way down to the creek. The ski down the creek was surprising easy until reaching Callaghan creek which was charging along with melt runoff requiring a 2 km backtrack to find a snow bridge over to the ski trail. A 6km run out the trail, slow in spots but at least snow all the way to the parking...

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