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Skiing Joy Peak in the Monashees
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.26 - 09:28:08
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Monashee Mountains
  (8 days)     Elevation Gain: 1200m
Participants: Dave Dornian Manager, Helen Sovdat Guide, Lilla Molnar assistant guide, John Derick cook, Geofrey Bodwin, Eve Kovacs, Dwight Powell, Bill Walker, Ken Vrinten, Rob Hamilton, Shaun, Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Some steep glacier and tree skiing
Ski touring east of Hallam Peak in the Northern Monashees
Fifteen years before this years GMC the Alpine Club had a ski camp in the Hallam area. I had almost forgotten and could not remember the location, then just before the summer camp I found my old paper map where I had marked our accomplishments. [photo]img008s.jpg[caption]The blue lines are the ski routes, the red my GMC climbs[/photo]


The camp was located in open forest beside a clearing where the helicopter could land. It consisted of a large communal dining tent and smaller kitchen. The participants slept in two man tents. The weather was unsettled with uncertain avalanche conditions. In the first days we had some heavy snow falls and made mostly short runs on ridges and bowls close to treeline. One day we made a longer up and down traverse along timberline to the NE, then had a long run to the valley bottom and skinned back to camp along the creek. On Wednesday we managed to climb the 7900' peak at the head of the valley. [photo]img019.jpg[caption]The lower ridge below Bombay[/photo]

Finally on Thursday the weather seemed stable enough to try the higher peaks to the west. We gained a spur ridge on the east slopes of Bombay half way up. When we reached the summit ridge just north of the col with Wiser we had our first view of Hallam which seemed too far from our camp for even the best conditions. [photo]img022.jpg[caption]Hallam Peak in Winter[/photo]

[photo]img023.jpg[caption]Bombay Peak in Winter[/photo]

We then descended a short distance to the Magic Carpet Glacier and climbed it to the summit of Joy. At that time we had no names for any of these features. We then had a marvelous run down the glacier to where it drops steeply into the valley. [photo]img024.jpg[caption]Summit ridge...

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