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Lord of the Squirrels & Tonic Peak
Timestamp Free: 2018.09.23 - 13:48:03
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1100m
Participants: Jon Polak, Michelle Hyun, Paul Kubik
Difficulty: 3: The bottom sections of the trail were rough, several melted sections. Higher up, some parts were quite icy. Huge tree wells in this area. The descent was challenging because the snow was very heavy.
Daytrip to the Callaghan area. HUGE amount of powder -- heavy kind. It's doable in 6 hours.
Park at function junction - behind Olive's.

Then proceed up the trail starting from the south part of the parking lot. There may be some melted sections.

Once you get some elevation, there is an inordinate amount of snow. [photo]IMG_20170309_132914.jpg[caption]Michelle and Paul standing on a bridge with 4m of snow on it[/photo]

Continuing up, follow the skin tracks. For our trip, the tracks ended at the lookout point (where we stopped for lunch. Paul Kubik then broke trail for us at a rapid pace. You'll pass several beautiful wide open spots. [photo]IMG_20170309_100135.jpg[caption]Michelle and Paul in a nice open spot[/photo]

  There is quite a bit of elevation gain, and quite big tree wells when we were there. The avalanche danger was considerable so we didn't go all the way to the summit. (Also I got stuck in a hole and they had to wait 10 minutes for me)
  [photo]IMG_20170309_122243.jpg[caption]Michelle just a few dozen meters from the summit[/photo]

The ski down was quite challenging. Very tight trees, some crust and icy sections lower down. The snow, although powder, was really heavy. I wrapped around a tree but sustained no injury.

At the end of the trip you'll emerge slightly to the north of where you parked. Pick up your skis and walk back to the car. Stop at Olive's and get yourself some of that amazing coffee they make....

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