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1972 Whistler Search & Rescue
Timestamp Free: 2019.09.19 - 00:56:34
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges / Fitzsimmons Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 332m
Participants: Brian Rowley, Stefan Ples, Glenn Creelman, Seppo Makinen, Cliff Jennings others
Difficulty: 2: Fairly easy hike up but bushwhacking to get back to mid station.
We hiked from the top of the old red chair towards Whistler Glacier then up to the top of the T-bar & up the ridge to Little Whistler. After we went to the peak & down
In the winter of 1972 4 skiers went missing & a huge searched was organised to look for them. There was no coordination & a complete lack of communication. Fortunately none of the volunteers were lost or injured & Jim McConkey found an area while traversing below the Cornices in what is now called Harmony Horseshoes that suddenly had a lot less snow. The skiers had got caught during a sudden squall that an estimated 18 inches of storm snow had been dumped into that basin. We were managing the Highland Lodge when that storm hit & lost sight of the highway due to so much snow & wind.
  Stefan Ples, Glenn Creelman & Brian Rowley & myself got together after this event & decided to start a local volunteer group for Search & Rescue. The following trip was our first exercise together.

[photo]1972SARIgloo01.jpg[caption]1972 SAR Igloo building on Little Whistler 01[/photo] The type of snow we had was completely unsuitable for igloo building but we had fun doing it.

[photo]1972SARIgloo02.jpg[caption]1972 SAR Igloo building on Little Whistler 02[/photo]

[photo]1972SARIgloo03.jpg[caption]1972 SAR Igloo building on Little Whistler 03[/photo]

[photo]1972SARIgloo04.jpg[caption]1972 SAR Igloo building on Little Whistler 04[/photo]

[photo]1972SARIgloo05.jpg[caption]1972 SAR Igloo building on Little Whistler 05[/photo]

[photo]1972SARIgloo06.jpg[caption]1972 SAR Igloo building on Little Whistler 06 (hike down)[/photo] After the igloo was built some of us carried on to Whistler Peak then down Whistler Bowl then to Grand Finale.

[photo]1972SARIgloo07.jpg[caption]1972 SAR Igloo building on Little Whistler 07 (hike down)[/photo]

[photo]1972SARIgloo08.jpg[caption]1972 SAR Igloo building on Little Whistler 08 (hike down)[/photo] From here we traversed through the...

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