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Misty Icefield Ski Traverse S to N 2019
Timestamp Free: 2020.09.19 - 05:36:25
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (7 days)     Elevation Gain: 5000m
Participants: Stephanie Hewson, Johannes Esterlé
Difficulty: 3: Routefinding, some steep slopes which would be worrisome in bad avalanche conditions. We used ice axes, ski crampons, rope for glacier travel.
Misty Icefield traverse on skis, south to north, from Remote Peak to Lone Knoll, exiting on Chief Paul Rd, across the river from Skookumchuck.

Day 1

We met Mark and Terry at the Pitt Lake boat launch on Saturday morning, and they drove us across the lake - a beautiful way to start the trip. They have a truck on the other side which we loaded into. We learned that another group of 4 or 5 had done the traverse the week before, and we would see traces of their tracks from time to time throughout the trip.

After stopping for a brief chat with Gerry, a logger who lives in Alvin (good to let a local know where you're going), Mark and Terry took us as far as possible up the logging road locally known as Golden 200. The road was well-maintained and Mark and Terry are dedicated chaperones plus very nice guys, and they got us to about 840m, where the road forks and our direction was overgrown with alders.

We said goodbye to Mark and Terry - Terry gave us a muffin and chocolates for the road - and loaded on our packs. From there we fought with the alders for 1.5km till we reached consistent snow at 1060m and could start skinning.

The logging road rounds a bend at 1300m and then heads E. It looks like you could gain the ridge here and go straight up to the 1800m bump SW of Remote Peak, but we chose a mellower option by following the logging road until [49.65133, -122.58482], where we climbed a smaller shoulder to the main ridge. This is a bit longer than gaining the ridge right at the bend, but is very straightforward.

The ridge gradually narrows and steepens, but is passable to the top. We camped a bit below the high point in a flat-ish area, with a view on Remote Peak and the lakes below.

Day 2

We started late, at 830am, and skied down to the lower lake at 1520m. We had a bit of route-finding to do, but skier's right has a good path that skirts the steepest sections to the S of...

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