The intersection at 6.8 km up Mamquam Main is about 400m elevation. We were able to drive up Mulligan Spur only to 500m before being stopped by snow. Walked a short distance and skied from there. The snow was frozen solid on the way up. At 1160m we left the road and headed up the clearcut. The surface was solid such that you left very little tracks.
We proceeded on the usual route up through the sparse trees on the NW ridge of Mulligan. I had just quoted my favorite quote form Rev Billy Graham, who said that when you get to heaven you can expect to find people from other religions there, when suddenly there was a rumble in the sky and my cable broke. Stopped me in my tracks! As you may know, there is a raging contraversy on the web regarding Billy Graham's comment.
Anyway, those G4 tele cables break about once a year and are hard to replace. They break far more often than the old design of cable. And as usual, it broke off inside that heavy metal spring cannister. However, Betsy was just ahead, and had all the necessary tools to replace the cable, and Mark had some plyers with which we could unscrew the broken piece.
After the repair, we continued on to the summit.
[photo]1228_rebeccaSkiUp.jpg[caption]Rebecca approaching the summit[/photo]
When we got to the summit, Steve Grant had constructed a big wall to keep us out of the wind. So we had lunch. It was still cold, below freezing, and lots of snow still in the trees. A few flakes drifted past us. The eariler sunshine was gradually replaced with more clouds.
[photo]1242_MarkAndRebecca.jpg[caption]Mark and Rebecca at summit[/photo]
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