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April Ski/Walk Ascent Frosty Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2017.10.17 - 15:48:07
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades
Started at Lightning Lakes to summit and exited via Windy Joe.
Poor and icy conditions low down on the trail had us walking for the first few switchbacks. We put on our skis once we gained the ridge. Smooth skinning to the hut (lunch break) then smooth skinning to the bowl. Took off our skis again to gain the summit ridge (wet snow on hard crust). Left skis at the junction and walked to the summit--easy walking. No snow on the south side of the mountain. Big cornices ready for action. All this was easy going. The descent down the ridge started out with a steep walk on the summer trail and then we put on our skis and had a nice long run down the ridge until the trees got too thick. The ridge flattens out and with the thick tree cover made navigation challenging--some unwelcome delays while we bushwacked through a wrong turn. (The free map I have loaded on my GPS has the trail marked disastrously incorrect (Canada Topo v4).) Once at the col, the trail was wide, well-traveled, and easy to follow in the dark. We would have been out pretty fast if it weren't for all the windfall--on average about 7 major log crossings per 500m on the 2nd half of the ski out.
A tiring push for us, but happy to get the summit.
Please note this is a trip report for Frosty E1 not Frosty Proper....
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