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1968 Cornice Blasting
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.11 - 15:57:06
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges / Fitzsimmons Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 150m
Participants: Cliff Jennings, Hugh Smythe, Drew Tait, Mike Bev Wisnicki
Difficulty: 2: Hard work a long day, but beautiful weather.
We hiked up from the top of the T-Bar to Little Whistler, down to saddle then up to above the cornice
In preparation for the Toni Sailer Summer Ski Camps, the cornices above Whistler Bowl needed to be stabilized by blasting. [photo]1979ToniSailerbrochure.jpg[caption]1979 Toni Sailer brochure[/photo]
  The Toni Sailer Summer Ski Camp at Whistler Mountain, BC Canada was founded in the late 60's by Vancouver Ski Industry Icons Alan White & Roy Ferris . This became Dave Murray Ski Camp in 1984 and moved from the Whistler Glacier to Blackcomb Glacier in the late 90's.
  We hiked up the usual route from the top of the T-Bar to Little Whistler, put on skis then skied down to above the Saddle where we took off the skis & followed the path normally take to Whistler Peak. The dynamite had been ferried up in slings under a helicopter.

[photo]Corniceblasting01.jpg[caption]Cornice blasting 01-Hugh, Drew, Mike & one other[/photo] This picture show us having a lunch break next to the primer cord.

[photo]Corniceblasting02.jpg[caption]Cornice blasting 02-Hugh[/photo] The vertical face in front of Hugh Smythe is where a section of cornice broke off causing a chunk to come up & knock Paul off his belay & falling 70 feet. Fortunately he cleared the rocks & fell on the steep slope left from the resulting avalanche & was mostly just in shock.

[photo]Corniceblasting03.jpg[caption]Cornice blasting 03[/photo] Hugh placing the charges in pre dug holes.

[photo]Corniceblasting04.jpg[caption]Cornice blasting 04[/photo] Hugh setting up the plunger to attach before the final blast.

[photo]Corniceblasting05.jpg[caption]Cornice blasting 05-Hugh Smythe catching dynamite[/photo] Drew Tait tossing the last sticks of dynamite to Hugh.

[photo]Corniceblasting06.jpg[caption]Cornice blasting 06 (blast from Whistler Peak[/photo] The final blast taken from the edge of Whistler Peak....

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