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High Falls Lake in Deep Bottomless Snow
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.03 - 08:21:08
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1000m
Participants: Dave Williams, Robin Tivy, Betsy Waddington, Darlene Anderson
Difficulty: 2: Deep trailbreaking only possible because snow machines ahead.
A very snowy trip to High Falls Lake, the source of High Falls creek, the old route to Tricouni
It had been raining all week often below 6 degrees in Vancouver, which usually means snow up high. So we originally headed out for Brew Hut, but missed the turn as you will see. For the Brew hut objective, I figured we wouldn't be able to drive far on the Roe Creek Road and end up doing 6 or 7 km of road skiing, so I brought my lightweight Kazama cross country skis, rather than my heavier tele boots and K2 skis. What a mistake! Here's why:

We drove north on Highway BC-99, and turned off at Chance Creek. There was plenty of slush on the bridge across the Cheakamus and the snow got deeper as we climbed past the lakes. I put the Suzuki Grand Vitara in low range right at the start. This was essential as we chewed and slithered our way up some of the hiils. Although the snow was only about 8 inches deep, there had been numerous snowmobile trucks ahead of us which had mostly chewed the road down to the gravel, although with a high snow center. However as we got higher, there was more often compact icy slush and snow in the ruts, preventing the wheels from chewing thru to the gravel.

We were so busy paying attention to the traction problems that we drove past the Roe Creek turnoff. Soon after, and while still unknowingly on the Chance creek road, we decided to park rather than go down the hill in front of us. There were two giant pickups parked there already, with the usual sled ramps deployed. So the first thing we had to do was turn around. This proved difficult and we got stuck, and Dave, Betsy and Darlene had to get out and push me backwards and forwards to work my way around. Meanwhile two more giant pickups arrived with expensive tires and charged by contemptuously once we cleared the road.

So we started skiing, all thinking we were on the Roe creek road. I was...

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