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The First Self Supported Pemcap Ski Traverse
Timestamp Free: 2020.05.31 - 13:14:08
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
(6 days) Elevation Gain: 5600m
Participants: Steve Grant, Klaus Haring, Sue Don Serl, Jenny Smith, Helen Sovdat, Robin Tivy, Ellen Woodd, Harold Rydell.
Difficulty: 2: Mostly moderate slopes, some treeskiing at approaches
A ski traverse of the Pemberton Icecap climbing 7 peaks along the way.
In 1982 the ACC Vancouver Section had planned an ambitious ski camp on the Compton Neve. Interest was strong and early on Saturday morning a large group drove to Pemberton. However the weather was miserable and flying to the remote icefield out of the question. So by noon we retreated to the Whistler cabin of the Vancouver Section. Sunday was no better and we toured into the whiteout on Gin and Tonic Ridge. Later that day part of the group canceled out and went home, while the rest began to make alternate plans. We had realized that with 2 days already lost we would not be able to do much before starting the long difficult ski out and that would be a horror in bad weather. So we looked for easier objectives. One problem was we only had the 1:250 000 Pemberton map sheet, but the Pemberton Icecap looked easy enough to navigate by that. I had explored the area SE of Meager Hotsprings 2 1/2 years earlier and had Xerox copies of the corners of the 1:50 000 North Cr. and Ryan River sheets spliced together from that trip. So we at least had a detailed map for the start up onto the icefield and I had hiked out part of the way.Early Explorations east of Meager Creek
Monday weather was improving and we got ready to start near noon at Meager Hotsprings. Steve set out first. I waited for the rest of the group. We had no designated leader, but since I had the map and knew the way I usurped that role at the start. So when we came to the first spur road that led up our ridge and saw that Steve had gone straight ahead I didn't want to venture into unknown territory and led the group up our planned route. A bit higher up we could signal Steve to turn around. The road led past the clearcut into mature forest which made it easy going for us, but we realized...
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