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Mount Mullilgan Ski with Breakable Crust
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.08 - 14:03:06
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1000m
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy, Klaus Haring, Steve Grant
Difficulty: 2: Usually challenging skiing down the road.
A short trip with a short drive from Vancouver usually back at car by 3:00.
We wanted a short day trip from Vancouver. Steve had been to Diamond Head 2 days before and reported that the snowline was at the switchback which is about 2500' which is about 750m. If we could drive that high on the Mulligan spur, that would be about 200m higher than many of our trips to that peak.

So we set out at 7:30 from the usual car pool spot at St David's church in North Vancouver in Steve's Ford Explorer Hybrid. We were surprised to see snow on the road starting at about 500m, mostly in the open patches. Every time the road went thru the trees it was bare. Finally we got stopped behind a white pickup truck at 580m. It took a while for us to pull out into the snow so the pickup could back down. We then briefly tried to continue up, but gave up because we were digging in, and besides, with snow we could ski. However there were tracks from various 4WD vehicles that had gone higher. As we started to ski up the road we came to another extensive stretch of bare ground. There were about 5 vehicles that had made it higher than us. Steve could have made it higher himself, but we were just as happy to save him the wear and tear on his vehicle.

Eventually the road was covered with continuous snow. When we got to 1200m we left the road at the usual spot and headed up through the clearcut. The snow was frozen with a hard, breakable crust, and chewed up with snowmobile tracks. I was by myself most of the way, somewhat behind the others. There were two other parties. At least one said they were heading for Anif, which they knew by name. One of the parties stopped for lunch on Mulligan, so we were first. As I neared the summit, I could see that our party must have been breaking the trail. When I reached the summit, Steve had built a nice snow wall for lunch, which...

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