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Viewing the New Face of Joffre
Timestamp Free: 2020.11.24 - 23:05:57
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges / Cayoosh Range / Cayoosh Range West
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 1200m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Tree skiing, rough trail with deadfalls
Two trips to the Mt Rohr area
When I heard about the rock slides on Joffre Peak I wanted to see them myself and thought that Mt.Rohr would be the best vantage point, even showing the devastation in Cerise creek valley. At this time of the year it would still be a ski trip. When I neared Whistler I realized I had forgotten my skins. It was early and it would be a long wait till any stores might open, so I decided to just make short hikes and see how much I might see from the hiway. When I arrived at the Rohr- Marriott road the leaves on the bushes were quite small and I thought I would get into snow quickly, so parked near the hiway and started walking. While driving I had gotten a glimpse of the Joffre NW ridge and thought further up the road I should see Joffre Peak too. So I looked back often and sure enough soon Joffre Peak and the fracture zone came into view.
[photo]P1100171.JPG[caption]Joffre Peak from up spur road[/photo]
When I came to the old spur just beyond the first parking spot I saw that it had been brushed out and started up it hoping for better views from higher up. Many small stubs and stumps made walking rough, but before it would have been almost impenetrable. After a small landing with views into Marriott Basin a narrower track was cleared for another 100m, then I came to a log with a step cut into it and nothing beyond. I had wondered whether there might be new trail and I could perhaps descend through mature forest to the trail below. However I had brought only ski boots and was hiking in my driving sandals, not suitable for very steep sidehilling or descending slide alder.
[photo]P1100166.JPG[caption]Marriott Basin from top of spur[/photo]
The first time I had skied up Mt Rohr long ago I had taken this spur and had to make a horrible steep traverse through the forest...
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