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About That Ferry: Almost Rainbow Mountain By Senior Citizens
Timestamp Free: 2020.11.24 - 22:59:55
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1430m
Participants: Doug Brown, Tom Tiedje, Sandra McGuinness
Difficulty: 2: Straight forward ski ascent.
The band gets back together for a ski ascent of Rainbow Mountain but it proves too far for these senior citizens.
It is almost seven years since we did any real skiing. True, we did a couple of multi-day ski trips in the Australian Alps - yes, Australians do call the low rounded rolling hills along the Great Dividing Range "alps" - but our only real skiing in the last half decade had been a few half day trips around the North Shore Mountains, and even those we managed to do upside down in Antipodean fashion boot-packing up Christmas Gully in frozen conditions rather than skiing down.

[photo]carruthersdoug.jpg[caption]The rolling Australian Alps[/photo]

After Australia's rolling hills, everything felt desperately steep for the first few ski trips out, probably not helped by frozen tracks pocked with craters and trenches from the myriad of boot-packers who seem to have overtaken the North Shore Mountains since we left for Australia. Dog shit and 50 cm deep boot holes seem to have become the predominant hazards around the North Shore Mountains.

Doug and I were trying to get the band back together to recreate the glory days when we were younger and stronger and each spring we'd head off on a big ski traverse, often around the Coast Mountains, but sometimes in the Rockies or the Selkirks. Robin and Betsy were otherwise engaged. Robin deep in the bowels of the Bivouac headquarters working away on prominences, road plans and all the other esoterica of running the Bivouac site, and Betsy, a seeming anachronism among our other friends, actually having paid employment! Tom, however, who had some kind of paid to do whatever gig going with the university, decided to get up at 4.00 am, drive for 1.5 hours, take the ferry from Vancouver Island, and meet us at Horseshoe Bay for a ski day, his only request being, and here I quote directly - if we could...

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