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Lillooet Icefield Traverse
Timestamp Free: 2018.02.20 - 03:59:47
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Icefield
  (9 days)
Participants: Matt Reid, Caroline Reid, Tom Reid
Difficulty: 3: Whiteout navigation and glacier travel. Very simple avalanche terrain.
Muon Mountain skiplane drop off, across Lillooet Icefield, exit valley immediately south of White Cross mountain.
Our first major icefield traverse was, on the whole, successful. We didn't die, get lost, or run out of food. I think our biggest mistake was not allowing enough time - we built in extra days to go skiing and summit some peaks, but a run of bad weather ate up all of those days, meaning the whole trip was spent either in a tent waiting out bad weather or on the move. Next time it would be nice to have a bit more time to relax and explore. What follows is Tom's Trip Log:

Lillooet Icefield 2014 Daily Log Friday, April 18th - Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Day 1 - Friday •Matt and Caroline do epic bike ride (75 k) on fat bikes [editors note: the day prior to our departure our fourth team member bailed on the trip, which included his car that we had been planning on using for the car ferry. Instead we drove up, dropped the car and rode back to the airport. To our pilot: I am really sorry for the delay. Still.] •Tom reads almost entirety of Ender's Game at the airstrip •Plane drop off on saddle, make camp. [photo]Lilloooet8.jpg[caption]The Commute[/photo]

Day 2 - Saturday •Blizzarded in •Did nothing. [photo]Lilloooet10.jpg[caption]The View[/photo]

Day 3 - Sunday •Up at 6. Skies clear-ish. Travel until ~4 •Navigate by compass for the last few hours due to snow picking up again •Visibility never great •Tom's trip hernia begins •Traveled ~7k. Pass out at camp. [photo]Lilloooet1.jpg[caption][/photo]

Day 4 - Monday •Blizzarded in again. Thickest snow yet, but wind finally died down somewhat •Whiteness. Whiteness everywhere. •Caroline: "I hope someone makes a note that this is the THIRD time I've dug out the tent today!" •Morale is low. [photo]Lilloooet9.jpg[caption]More of the View[/photo]

Day 5 - Tuesday •Up at 7:10, leave camp ~10:15, arrive at new camp ~6...

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