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1972 Whistler TV site on Sproatt Mountain 1st descent
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.09 - 16:08:44
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: -1100m
Difficulty: 3: Involved a lot of route finding. Fortunately we had a recent logging slash to aim for.
Skiing down Sproatt mountain after servicing the TV site
In the early days of Whistler there was a lack of communication with the outside world. The telephone system was through lines along the PGE railway & even the lodges were on party lines. The other lack of service was lack of access to outside news. Whistler TV Society constructed the repeater in 1966 to bring television to the valley. The society, spearheaded by the late Walter Zebrowski, was maintaining the site until 1999.

Whistler TV Society

Whistler Museum Walter Zebrowski

[photo]1971TVsite01.jpg[caption]1971 TV site 01[/photo] TV site in early December. Getting the site ready for winter.

[photo]1972TVsite01.jpg[caption]1972 TV site 01[/photo] Next visit in early January after major storms with wind & ice damage.

[photo]1972TVsite01run.jpg[caption]1968 cropped photo from peak of Whistler[/photo] The red line on this photo shows our first ski route down.

[photo]1972TVsite02.jpg[caption]1972 TV site 02 (ski out)[/photo] After a lot of hard work we had a great ski out to the valley.

[photo]1972TVsite03.jpg[caption]1972 TV site 03 (ski out)[/photo] Our dog Bucky resting before the next stage. He was having a great time.

[photo]1972TVsite04.jpg[caption]1972 TV site 04 (ski out)[/photo] Nice soft snow for the landing.

[photo]1972TVsite05.jpg[caption]1972 TV site 05 (ski out)[/photo] The kind of skiing you had to do with the equipment we were using (215 mm Head 360's & leather boots, turntable bindings & long thongs).

[photo]1972TVsite06.jpg[caption]1972 TV site 06 (ski out)[/photo] Another soft pillow.

[photo]1972TVsite07.jpg[caption]1972 TV site 07 (ski...

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