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donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 3, 2012 - 10:49am PT
Were it not for the vast Canadian prairies we would have marauding Polar Bears in our suburbs.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jul 3, 2012 - 12:15pm PT
we've got a north slope


that leaves off where your other west facing coast heads north
Impaler

Social climber
Berkeley
Jul 3, 2012 - 01:52pm PT
Did you climb or ski or both on the N Face Joffre?

The picture of Joffre is taken looking at it from the south - from the summit of Matier. You can see the top of Aussie couloir pretty clearly. I was just out for a weekend of ski touring around Keith's hut last January and decided to tag the summit of Matier. Joffre isn't exactly the type of climb I'd want to do, but it's a beautiful peak and ripping down the anniversary glacier at full speed with 1/2 meter of fresh snow was one of the best skiing days I've ever had.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 3, 2012 - 02:28pm PT
Mt. Matier was the scene of one of the more badass bits of climbing I've seen. Four of us went in with the plan that two (Don Serl and Manrico Scremin) would try a new route on the west buttress (or ridge or face or whatever) while I'd head up the north face with Suzanne Serl (although she might not have been Mrs. Serl at that point, can't remember).

But when we got to the point of going to our separate objectives, and started to put on crampons, we discovered that in some complicated mix-up that I never fully understood, Suzanne's crampons wouldn't fit the boots she was wearing. So, a swap was worked out, I think with Manrico taking her crampons while she took his. They didn't fit very well, but what can you do?

So off we went, traversing in above the crevasse field and then heading upward. Not all that steep, but since I thought she didn't have much ice experience I suggested we should rope up. "No, I'm fine, it doesn't seem too bad." So on we went. As the face continued to steepen I'd suggest bringing out the rope, and she'd repeat that she was happy without it.

Sure, it's not all that steep, but it was definitely two-tool territory, and over 50 degrees in the top section. And it was an absolute, guaranteed death fall. The ice was fairly hard that day, and there was no runout. Come off, and you rocket down the face until you hit the far wall of the first crevasse at about 100 miles per hour.

And then one of her slightly-too-big crampons rolled under her foot. I bloody near died of a heart attack myself, but she didn't even slow down. She'd felt it coming, was ready, and it didn't even make her blink. I got fairly insistent about the rope at that point, but she wasn't interested.

She rolled the crampon around to the side of her boot a couple more times, but was in absolute control. No problem. And definitely no rope!

We topped out in a fairly stiff wind, so trudged down the descent ridge until we found a little depression to snuggle in while we waited for Don and Manrico. It was then that she told me this was her first ice climb.

Thank god she never got serious about technical climbing, or she'd have made us all look like gumbies.
gf

climber
Jul 3, 2012 - 03:27pm PT
I'm having coffee with sue tomorrow on a work related issue -i'll pass that one on!
bit'er ol' guy

climber
the past
Jul 3, 2012 - 04:03pm PT
I like canada fine.

I don't like canadians who move to cali then blather on nonstop about how great canada is and how much they hate the USA.

what?

sorry,

can't really think of a solution to that problem.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 3, 2012 - 05:08pm PT
I'm having coffee with sue tomorrow on a work related issue -i'll pass that one on!

Give her a big hug from me. I miss her.
sac

Trad climber
Sun Coast B.C.
Jan 30, 2014 - 06:56pm PT
this just in...

survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Mar 20, 2014 - 12:43pm PT
CANADA BUMP!!!!



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Credit: survival









Credit: survival
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 20, 2014 - 09:57am PT
Credit: survival
anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Apr 20, 2014 - 10:18am PT
that's the Kenora dinner jacket
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Apr 20, 2014 - 10:27am PT
A great place with many fine people, much appreciated Canada!
Northern Valhalla Mountains, BC
Northern Valhalla Mountains, BC
Credit: Charlie D.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Apr 20, 2014 - 10:34am PT
Those Canadians sure like to ski and sure like to have fun:
The hut cook
The hut cook
Credit: Charlie D.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 20, 2014 - 12:00pm PT
What the hay are those things he is on? Are those canadian skis?
Obviously his outfit is.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Apr 20, 2014 - 01:23pm PT
Here's to Canadians!



My favorite city on the planet is Vancouver, B.C.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 20, 2014 - 01:37pm PT
It's nice to have a 3 million sq. mi. buffer between the US and Alaska.
locker

Social climber
"Sh#t shack across from the city dump"
Apr 20, 2014 - 01:39pm PT

Though the '64' Worlds Fair in NY was way MORE exciting and COOL than 'EXPO 67' in Canada...(HAD to toss in a PLUG for America... LOL!!!)

during that summer I was VERY impressed with the beauty of the place...



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