my politard offset account feels like it's probably dipping into the red, so here’s another hola from canuckistan. winter was amazing. but between the cloud cover and all of the pow there wasn’t much point in or time to be taking pics… [ha!] the spring however? hopefully a few of these get your motor running… cause this is why we put up with all of the pow skiing during the winter: so we can get fit for the alpine in spring! [i know: i’m being an asshOle… but those of us living in igloos to the north have to gloat about something… ;) ]
hope all of you have found some good mind altering personal adventures during the colder, shorter and darker days of winter...
1. French/Haig/Robertson Traverse: a psychedelic dose
sometimes when you run a gauntlet, you just beat the hot spring sun’s effect on the requisite and directly south facing bootpack slope… and between that and all of the other intensities that a solo trip over three small glaciers brings, you end up with a depth of experience you likely won’t forget until the day you die.
nuts and bolts: kananaskis country, ab; ~20km; ~1100m; 5.5hr; 11.03.2018.
2. The Tupper Traverse: three glasses of red wine
if the best solo trips can be like a psychedelic ally induced peering-through-the-looking-glass, then hanging out, nailing a classic during one of the few weather windows in weeks, with three solid ski partners, is something akin to sipping from a glass [or three] of your favourite red wine.
nuts and bolts: rogers pass, bc; ~14km; ~1750m; 8hr; 24.03.2018.
3. Grand Daddy Couloir: a tulip of grappa
and for the digestif? the beauty of getting to the toppish of a goldilocks objective on an unexpected goldilocks of a day. a bit of cloud cover to keep the sun from beating on the things overhead while you’re hiking up, that then turns to a window of mostly unforecasted clearing, all while being neither too hot nor too cold. and the couloir itself was neither too steep nor too narrow and was filled with snow that wasn't too deep nor too stiff [although that was partly due to our opting out of the “shit” on the top and the possibility of missing the cloud clearing that suddenly happened and so skiing it from the clinch].
nuts and bolts: banff national park, ab; ~5km; ~800m [~250m in the couloir]; 4hr; 07.04.2018.
4. Bonus... North Bowl of Mt. Cheops: a slice of chocolate mousse
sugar... likely the most often ab/used of the of the mind alterants. and no wonder...
nuts and bolts: rogers pass, bc; 25.03.2018.