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Hanging Lake, Gin Peak amid the blasting snow
Timestamp Free: 2020.04.05 - 16:49:31
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 923m
Participants: Robin Tivy, Betsy Waddington, Steve Grant, Chris Kubinski, David Passmore
Difficulty: 2: Well marked steep ski trail thru trees, then open slopes above treeline.
From Callaghan Olympic parking lot, find Hanging Lake trail and ascend. From the lake ski up open slopes to summit.
A friend of ours, David Passmore was visiting from San Francisco for a conference at Whistler, and wanted to see what the Canadian locals did for ski touring on the coast. So we came up with two possibilities off the Callaghan road (close to Whistler): Metal Dome or Hanging Lake.

Since it had rained heavy all week, we decided that Metal Dome would be a bad idea due to avalanche conditions, as well as poor visibility. So we met Dave at the start of the Callaghan road. We then drove with all 5 in Steve's Ford Escape Hybrid to the final parking lot at 850 meters. This time the parking fee at the gate was only $10, rather than the $15 we paid earlier this year.

From the Biathlon parking lot, we set out on the X country ski trails to find the Hanging Lake trailhead. (See waypoints). We soon found the trailhead, and then started up. At first the snow was not too deep and in a few places I could see bare ground. But then at about 1000m, the snow got really deep. As we went up, the trail breaking gradually got tougher. In our party were Steve Grant and Chris Kubinski who travel like lightning, and I seldom keep up. But as the trail breaking got deeper, I knew I'd catch them. Sure enough I caught up just at a point where the trail crosses the creek draining Hanging lake, a deep ravine at 1240m. There were two other people ahead of us, who had been breaking trail up to that point. But the ravine crossing foiled them. The creek was down in a deep slot about 6 meters deep. At the crossing point, there was a minor slot which required adjustment with the shovel before anyone could cross. By the time I got there, Steve was just completing some sort of snow bridge across the deep creek crossing with his shovel. Now everybody could cross the creek at trail level rather than a long...

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