After 2.5 km, I reached the first fork, the [px]Deneau1.jpg[c]Jorgenson branch[/px], where I veered right to continue along the mainline. I encountered snow after another 2 km where I strapped on the snowshoes. At a second branch I went straight and later took a left onto a branch that ends at the head of the valley. The road was overgrown in places but was still [px]Deneau2.jpg[c]easily hikeable[/px].
The branch ends conveniently at a [px]Basin.jpg[c]basin[/px] just east of Squeah Mountain. From the basin, an inviting yet ugly 500-m high gully is squeezed between Squeah Mountain and its first north summit, Squeah N1. The gully looked too steep for snowshoes so I swapped them for crampons before heading up. A major danger was large snow patches clinging to steep terrain on both sides of the gully with water flowing under the snow. This was a recipe for small avalanches tumbling into the gully, triggered by the snow patches collapsing onto the underlying water.
I tried to stay out of the avalanche runnels and move as fast as possible past the lower half of the gully where a side gully on the left had obviously seen a lot avalanche activity. About [px]Gully1.jpg[c]two thirds of the way up[/px], I decided to take a quick break to drink some liquids and swap the ski poles for the ice axe. I dropped my pack at the edge of a moat... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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