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The Bridge Glacier- Athelney Pass Expedition
Timestamp Free: 2018.09.25 - 22:34:49
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Bridge-Lillooet Divide
(8 days) Elevation Gain: 5700m
Participants: Jane Hardy and Steve Grant, Klaus Haring, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 2: Moderate slopes, some tree skiing, Bridge Peak is a steep ridge climb
A loop climbing Bridge Peak, Icemaker and Salal Peak
In 1996 we decided to make a week long ski trip to Bridge Glacier and Athelney Pass. The main objective was Bridge Peak which I had attempted twice, the first time See Tchaikasan - Lillooet Traverse Part 2, the last a few years earlier with Robin.
That time the weather did not cooperate. On the summit day we skied up the Bridge Glacier under gray sky in very flat light. On the hard snow we left no tracks and we had no wands. In one place we tried to mark our route with snow cairns. Time consuming and they were not visible from any distance. When I felt myself walking through a hollow which I had not seen and which could only have been a sunken crevasse bridge I decided it was too dangerous and we turned around. Later that day, on the ski out, we managed to climb Whitecross as a consolation price in not much better conditions.
We left town fairly late and arrived at Pebble Creek around noon. It was a balmy spring day and we began skiing in shirt sleeves. On the hill above Keyhole Falls we followed the spur road into new clearcuts where Robin and I had skied through forest. When we entered the trees it became a bit chilly and I suddenly remembered that I had forgotten my sweater and pile jacket in the car. I knew that with only my Gortex and a down vest I would be too cold for camping several days on glaciers. So I got the car keys from Steve. He said he had noticed them but thought they were "car clothes" which I had left on purpose. I left my pack in a clearing with a small stream, taking only my skins. Skiing back was not very fast because of the long flat stretch in the valley. By the time I reached my pack the sun had disappeared behind the mountains.
It would have been a good spot to camp but the others wanted to go "a...
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