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A Historic Powder Mountain Traverse
Timestamp Free: 2019.11.21 - 16:41:56
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
(2 days) Elevation Gain: 2400m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Mostly easy glacier travel
A ski trip from Brandywine Creek to Callaghan Lake
This trip was originally described as a comment to Robins trip Powder Mountain Horseshoe - A Modified Classic . After I scanned some old
slides recently I decided to expand it a bit and add the photos. During a week of clear
spring weather I took 2 days off work and on Thursday morning drove up Brandywine
Creek. The road was plowed, but on top of the first long hill where it levels off in the
forest I met a bulldozer pushing a sea of mud between high snow banks. I tried to park
in a clear spot on the side, but the driver indicated that he needed to push the dirt off
the road there, so I had to back up quite way until I found a place to park. Then the
driver gave me a ride over the mud. I can't remember where or how I clung to his
machine with my big overnight pack and skis and poles, but I kept my new red Kastinger ski mountaineering boots clean.
[photo]img703.jpg[caption]The road beyond the mud, Mt Fee in background[/photo]
I then walked and skied along the flat road for a way before putting on skins. Soon it
was warm enough to change to shorts also. From the end of the valley I climbed the
clearcut and mostly open slopes staying west and below the SE ridge of Brandywine. I
had a mellow sunbathing lunchbreak near treeline, then continued to the ridge just
below the summit. Since I had not climbed Brandywine before I made the short side trip
to the peak.
[photo]img711.jpg[caption]View from the summit, Squamish - Ashlu divide on horizon[/photo]
It was a perfect cloudless day but while I enjoyed the view I noticed smoke rising from
the Squamish River valley S of Pyroclastic. A forest fire in March? They must have
done a huge slash burn.
[photo]img715.jpg[caption]Looking west to Cayley and Pyroclastic[/photo]
Back at my pack I...
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