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The Great Tchaikazan - Lillooet Traverse Part 2: Failure
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.11 - 09:57:19
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Icefield
  (14 days)
Participants: Helen Habgood, Jim Sibley, Mark Gray, Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 3: Moderate slopes, some crevasses, whiteout skiing, difficult bushwhacking on skis
In 1996 we planned an ambitious Ski Traverse from the Tchaikasan Glacier to the Manatee Area.
(This is a continuation from Tchaikzan ski traverse Part 1 When we celebrated the success of the first part of the trip we paid little heed to the sun fading behind some high clouds.

Day 8
It began to snow over night and we woke to almost half a meter around our tents. Mark and I had my stove in front of our tent so we had no problem making our breakfast while lying in our sleepingbags, but Helen and Jim had to do a lot of digging in the kitchen to find their cooking gear. We spent the rest of the day in the tents.

Day 9
Snowing all day.

Day 10
Still snowing, more lightly. Our tents were surrounded by more than a meter and going anywhere was difficult. Around noon some heat filtered through the clouds and our tents became warm enough to lie in our underwear on top of the sleepingbags and dash out in bare feet to pee. [photo]tch7.jpg[caption]Camp after 3 days of snowing[/photo] See Camp before the storm

Day 11
Finally clearing, yahoo! With -18C our coldest morning. With the deep snow we felt it would be too hard to backpack and decided to try our biggest side trip instead: Bridge Peak, a long shot. After breakfast Jim and Helen had again to warm their feet in the tent. Mark and I set out across the glacier. We had planned to ascend a moderately steep slope across the valley, but at the bottom there was a very steep lateral moraine. During the storm many steep slopes had released in slab avalanches, so I approached it with some trepidation. I asked Mark to stay well back while I probed with my skipoles for weak layers. It seemed OK and I set a steep traverse to the top. When I called to Mark to follow he said he would wait for Jim and Helen who were approaching across the glacier. OK, they...

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