We parked at the Heather Meadows area -- and after realizing I forgot my poles and taking a quick trip back to the main ski area lodge to rent some poles we were on our way.
The initial skinning is flat, over frozen Bagley lake. The snow is actually sitting on top of the lake, about 20m of it! So any open holes in the lake are going to be a huge fall. We saw a few, they kind of remind me of the side of crevasses.
Wet heavy snow. Temps were slightly above zero at the base, and around 0 at 1550m. Visibility was terrible throughout -- so there are no pictures of this trip. On the way up, I had put my skins on my skis -- thinking we'd drive my car which fits the skis in the trunk. We ended up taking Steve's car, which has a roof rack. Leaving the skins on the skis was a terrible idea. They got soaked in the rain, which then froze into little crystals in-between the bristles. This caused snow to stick to them like glue. I was carrying an additional 10 lbs on each foot, and lost significant traction on high incline slopes.
The way down was quite pleasant, the high incline (around 42 deg) made the heavy snow quite pleasurable. Steve triggered a small avalanche (4" crown) which was just poorly bonded storm snow.
We made our way back to Steve's awesome truck and back to the main lodge to return my rental poles. There we ran into Thomas Wills again and gave him a ride back... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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