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From Amicus to Ashlu on skis
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.12 - 17:13:46
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Ashlu-Elaho Divide
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 3500m
Participants: Lisa Baile, Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 3: One steep dangerous step in the valley, extensive glacier travel and narrow ridges.
A ski tour along the Ashlu Elaho divide.
In 1982 Ashlu and Amicus had been on my most wanted list for a while. After we saw the peaks in the distance on the traverse of the Pemberton Icecap, they moved to the top of my list. See The First Self Supported Pemcap Ski Traverse. So in early May I recruited Lisa to the 3 day expedition. She had a canoe which was the key to crossing the river, since I knew that the bridges at the island were already out.

Early Saturday morning we loaded her canoe onto the ski rack on my 1976 Subaru, the original first 4WD station wagon. Of course we didn't need 4WD for the Squamish River road. About 1km west of the turn off onto the Elaho road we found a good place above the island to lower the boat down to the river. At that time of the year the river flowed slow and calm, the water clear and shallow. We had to watch out not to bump into barely submerged boulders. On the far side we pulled the canoe up into the bush and climbed up to the logging road. We didn't have to walk far before we could put on skis. [photo]img541.jpg[caption]Loading the canoe[/photo]

From the end of the road we climbed to the top of the clearcut and then through about 1km of forest. Past the last trees we saw the first steep step in the valley. It looked horrific, like an icefall with crevasses and snow mushrooms above small cliff bands. The side of the valley was as steep with dense small trees making climbing very difficult too. I finally chose a series of ledges where we could zigzagg up. I would wait at the switchbacks until Lisa caught up to make sure I was not above her if something collapsed. It was very steep and Lisa walked in places. [photo]img544.jpg[caption]Lisa ascending the headwall[/photo]

[photo]img546.jpg[caption]Lisa on the final slope below camp, Mount Cayley...

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