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Mount Des Poilus on Skis
Timestamp Free: 2020.10.24 - 01:52:39
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Wapta Icefield
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 800m
Participants: Jake Van Allen, Gemma Woods and Trent Beckham - Cross
Difficulty: 2: Significant avalanche risk as the route is all in avalanche terrain. Some steep turns from the summit ridge and again on the headwall but overall I would grade it a moderate / difficult ski objective similar to the Rogers Headwall in Rogers Pass.
A great ski descent just outside the Guy Hut which seems to attract less attention than it should. Add this to your Bow - Yoho Traverse!
[photo]DesPoulisWideAngle.jpg[caption]Des Poilus from Yoho. Our route was up the snowy face that we are looking at. On the way up we went climbers left of the large rock in the snowfield, and on the way down we went climbers right.[/photo]

We tagged Des Poilus as part of our incredible Bow - Yoho Traverse. The amazing weather we had allowed for six summits on the way through.

Des Poilus is impossible to miss from the Guy Hut. It is, in my opinion, the most striking peak that is visible from inside the hut. As soon as we arrived, we set out eyes on Des Poilus and figured we would go for it the next morning.

Guy hut was night number two of our trip and we had it to ourselves. I must say, what incredible facilities they have at the Guy Hut - this is bar far the nicest hut I have stayed in! Big thanks to the ACC for building / maintaining these facilities.

We started early as we didn't want to be on our route, the South East face, late in the day when things warmed up - good thing too as it warmed up so much I spent the afternoon shirtless on the porch of Guy Hut. We had no beta on the route but it seemed like a skin up the relatively low angle glacier - a boot pack up the headwall - and a boot pack to the ridge would do it. We were right!

The travel up the lower glacier is easy. There are some rollers but we just contoured across them when they became overly steep. The snow was hard packed but not so much that ski crampons were required. Really, we just got lucky with that. We skinned quickly up to the headwall and decided to take the skis off and put them on our bags - well, that was the plan.

Always trying to be lightweight, I brought what ended up being a totally shit day bag on this trip - one of those floppy Marmot things - which was utterly...

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