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    TR: Mountain Animals Gathering at Campbell Icefield

    Last week a handful of friends and I made the trek from SLC, WY, AB, & MT to BC for a week of self-guided earning ‘em on the west slope of the Canadian Rockies. Here’s photos from the days that followed.

    Adding the approximate location of Whitefish, MT to the map.



    It’s possible that The White Room picked up a “Change?” sticker just a couple hours earlier.



    First purchase in Canukistan:


    Ready to RUUUMMBBLE


    Yours truly. Phyched. R. Strong's photo.


    We arrived to the Campbell Icefield Chalet with 140cm of new snow and more on the way. A good part of the first day was spent digging profiles on a variety of aspects around and below treeline. We were surprised to find a bomber snowpack.

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    So we knocked out three or four quick laps on short shots before dark.

    Dennis:



    Dennis coming up for air:







    The next day we explored up and down the valley, and tiptoed into the alpine during as visibility improved from “poor” to “fair”



    BC bluebird:



    R Strong’s photo

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    Pillows galore







    The clouds cleared for a few hours after sunset. Time for the monopod. Thanks again Otter.



    Longer exposure by R. Strong:



    But it snowed another 15 or 20cms before morning



    More pillows were slayed. Hopefully more pictures forthcoming. I was too amped to take pictures.





    The only possible downside to the hut is that all tree skiing is below the chalet so during low vis the day always ends with an uphill.



    Getting the most from 8.5 hours of daylight



    Food was consistently awesome. 10lbs of flour will make a LOT of pizza dough.



    It snowed more that night



    Nic drops a knee



    D. Long carried some serious camera gear.



    Looking down the valley



    I was out after the second or third fold. I hate this game.


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    The next morning was clear when we woke at 7 but fog rolled in at first light around 8am. By sunup at 8:40 it looked like it might burn off.



    We headed towards E Pk of Mt Sir. Allen Campbell, hoping that it would clear.



    The fog lingered. We kept heading up.



    Until we were above the inversion.



    Into the alpine





    A. Lindell’s photo



    Onto the glacier



    Yodel-ay-hee-hoo



    B-rad topping out. In a tee shirt. In January.



    All 12 on the summit



    Nic gets it first



    Down the glacier



    Yo-yo-ing through the afternoon



    One last lap up to a couloir that Nic and I scoped earlier in the week



    StraightChuter would be proud



    Alpenglow on the way out the drainage



    Last light on Thunder Mt with another 1000’ to descend before the climb home



    The last steep



    Brecky looks a lot like desert.



    The lady friend...



    ...Immitating this


    We dug every day at a variety of elevations and aspects and found the snow glued. Sweet.



    Onto the Campbell Icefield



    The Dent Group miles away across the Icefield.



    Tiptoeing to the edge



    And down again. Selkirks and Rogers Pass out on the horizon



    The last supper



    Mountain flying pioneer Don Mctighe, along with both of his chins, handled the controls so easily it seemed casual.



    Zee end

    Last edited by The Gnarwhale; 01-21-2009 at 04:34 PM.

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    Awesome TR!

    Added to bucket list.


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    Wow, thanks, I briefly forgot I am at work right now.
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    Outstanding! After this TR, I'll wait awhile before I post my hut trip! Really beautiful place! The night shot was $$$!

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    AWESOME!!

    looks like a great trip.
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    Stellar stuff. Five stars.
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    FKNA sweet.
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    I realize there is not much hope for a bullfighting forum. I understand that most of you would prefer to discuss the ingredients of jacket fabrics than the ingredients of a brave man. I know nothing of the former. But the latter is made of courage, and skill, and grace in the presence of the possibility of death. If someone could make a jacket of those three things it would no doubt be the most popular and prized item in all of your closets.

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    wow. sweet.


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    amazing stuff.
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    Wow.


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    Great stuff as i still sit at my desk on injured reserve.

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    Fuck




    YEAH!

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    Wow, quite an amazing trip, thanks for the TR!

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    Is that heaven?

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    Great TR

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    Looked amazing! wOw!

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    .....go out and make this season the best season of your life. Ski that line, take that trip, slide that rail, make that leap, live for the moment, and make memories with friends that’ll last a lifetime, because as a great man once said, “If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do.”

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    Very nice.

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    holy hell, that is fucking awesome

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    Fuck Yes

    In fact so good I'm gonna have another read after I wipe the drool off my chin

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    Lani= Sky? Just listened to "The Crusade" epidosde of the Dirtbag Diaries podcast driving south through Montana the other day. Great stuff. Check dirtbagdiaries.com for those who dont know.

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    Holy Shit.
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    HOLY FUCK!

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