Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 35
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Golden, BC
    Posts
    1,355

    TR: Big Lines and Good Times in the Canadian Rockies

    Well, with the weather finally going inclement for a while and employment soon to be starting, it looks like spring skimo is just about over for me. I've gotten a lot done, my first real spines, first flutes, first glaciated faces and a whole ton of summits and big classic lines ticked. I fully intend to continue skiing over the summer as I did last, but bagging new and interesting lines on a daily basis is not something I'll be able to continue. Full TR's on each line can mostly be found in my blog- it's in my signature. Enjoy

    Part 1: Early spring and Selkirk mtns
    Mar 13- I started skiing big lines in March. Still pretty low intensity, but great lines when things did align. This is Ursus Minor peak- west face in Rogers Pass. Video included cuz it was perfect snow for shredding the fuck out of it.

    Looking in on the ridge climb up








    Apr 1- STS couloir, Rogers Pass. Classic line in great snow. I was given first dibs and hauled ass down it, here's my buddy doing the same




    Apr 10- Mt Smart 2-day traverse, Rogers Pass. A little traverse I cooked up, taking me up and down through all unexplored and fresh terrain and culminating in going to the top (minus the summit block) of Mt Smart and shredding its glaciated north face (750m, 2500' to the glacier toe)

    Mt Oliver at night, our ski line off Slick to the right



    Unfortunately vis dropped out for our drop in. Still can't hide that gnar



    At a lower bulge on the descent




    Apr 12- Now spring starts to come into full season and the ticks on my list fly by. Some sweet descents we saw from the Smart traverse on minor, boring sub-peaks and ridges.






    Apr 15- The freeride flavour continues on some nearby terrain in Rogers Pass. My first flutes, super scary. We only hit two of a multitude of lines on this one little face.

    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_2936_zpsa5f81390.jpg 
Views:	1037 
Size:	125.3 KB 
ID:	155403   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_2948_zps8c92bbb1.jpg 
Views:	1002 
Size:	73.5 KB 
ID:	155404   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_3011_zpsb99d9b41.jpg 
Views:	1152 
Size:	107.4 KB 
ID:	155405   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN4895_zpsa273231b.jpg 
Views:	1002 
Size:	35.0 KB 
ID:	155406   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN4963_zps4d652fe8.jpg 
Views:	980 
Size:	31.8 KB 
ID:	155407  

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN4971_zps2ad8398d.jpg 
Views:	976 
Size:	19.0 KB 
ID:	155408   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN5087.JPG 
Views:	960 
Size:	80.0 KB 
ID:	155409   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN5015.JPG 
Views:	1170 
Size:	285.8 KB 
ID:	155410   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN5089.jpg 
Views:	992 
Size:	489.6 KB 
ID:	155411  
    Last edited by angrysasquatch; 07-19-2014 at 09:41 AM. Reason: fixing links

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Golden, BC
    Posts
    1,355
    Part 2: Mid-late spring in the Canadian Rockies

    Apr 22- Sherbrooke Lake. Saw what looked to be a rad zone on Google Earth and went up to shred whatever looked skiable. Some things were arguably not skiable, depends on your definition.

    Terrain with tacky snow like this in the Cdn Rockies. Who'd a thunk it.



    Flutes on a rock slab, the mark of yours truly



    Some laps on a fun face




    Apr 24- A return to Sherbrooke area, but for a big ol' south face. In fresh pow. My first truly early start, up at 2am which became a bit of a theme in the coming weeks.




    Apr 25- The first of a total of 5 attempts in a two week period on the Narao Peak couloirs. Finally bagged the left in inclement weather (good ski weather, bad pic weather) on May 6, but here's a good pic from my first attempt




    Apr 28- Bow Summit couloirs, a bunch of great couloirs in impeccable snow conditions.




    May 11- Mt Stanley north face, such a great line. Big, glaciated, famous, powdery. Perfect.

    Me demonstrating the latest in backcountry style on the boot up the face



    Eleven dudes gangbanged the face that day, but I found deep pow on the edges






    May 12- Made an attempt on Haddo's NE face with very limited beta on it. The crux just 100m from the summit turned out to be too sketchy to be worth skiing, so I had to settle with just the rest of the face.






    May 13- Skied off two summits, Aberdeen AND Haddo, but from the other side which is a rather boring flat skin. Aberdeen was great though, with enough cruxes along the way to feel like the mountaineering part of skimo really applies.





    Well, that's it for now and with the weather and job closing in, it might be the last concentrated days of shredding big shit. It's been one hell of a good run though, stoked to see what a bit more skills will lead me onto next time round. Shameless promotion, more pictures words and video on the blog in my signature.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN5158.jpg 
Views:	948 
Size:	667.6 KB 
ID:	155412   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN5168.jpg 
Views:	1057 
Size:	177.5 KB 
ID:	155413   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN5176.jpg 
Views:	929 
Size:	263.1 KB 
ID:	155414   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN5320.jpg 
Views:	952 
Size:	448.5 KB 
ID:	155417   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN5325.jpg 
Views:	1136 
Size:	739.8 KB 
ID:	155418  

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN5370.jpg 
Views:	970 
Size:	524.2 KB 
ID:	155419   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	10312365_10154177844610002_1067110177114256789_n.jpg 
Views:	909 
Size:	77.3 KB 
ID:	155420   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN5491.jpg 
Views:	898 
Size:	398.4 KB 
ID:	155421   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN5502.jpg 
Views:	882 
Size:	382.2 KB 
ID:	155422   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN5508.jpg 
Views:	891 
Size:	576.9 KB 
ID:	155423  

    Last edited by angrysasquatch; 07-19-2014 at 09:48 AM. Reason: fixin shit

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Golden, BC
    Posts
    1,355
    I dont' actually need this post just yet. Post away
    Last edited by angrysasquatch; 05-14-2014 at 10:23 PM.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    mcflattown
    Posts
    725
    Quote Originally Posted by angrysasquatch View Post
    dont post
    whaaaaaa?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    in the trench
    Posts
    6,629
    nice! talk about that e-n face on haddo every yr and my buddy talks Aberdeen. one day. looks like you ski that nice chute below the e face that aims north towards surprise pass. cool looking chute if so. never seen turns in it. also didn't know you could contour around Aberdeen like that. I thought it was a climb frozen south face chute and ski the north glacier w a rappel off the glacier. where now? Abbot hut for lefroy and mt vic lines before moraine lk rd opens ?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    mcflattown
    Posts
    725
    Quote Originally Posted by angrysasquatch View Post
    Post away
    Solid work dude. Lookin forward to seeing your stuff next year.

    Stanleys the only one of those big ones I've even considered but you keep giving me ideas. ahh well. maybe next season.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Golden, BC
    Posts
    1,355
    Not sure which chute, there's a ton of weaknesses in there, can't be sure which one. I just looked down and if it looked good then go. NE vic looks shitty, vic n peak and lefroy is super radgnar and I'm not ready for it. Maybe Collier but it seems like whatever plans I make are destined to fail so I'll just go loose for now. Start work on 20th and looks like at best mixed weather till then so whatever I can get done on my days off. Neil Colgan maybe. Or maybe I'll get the truck going and head up Bush Arm.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    in the trench
    Posts
    6,629
    10-4. ya limited windows on vic. I think you'd dig lefroy though. only skied one of 3. lookers left. I don't think it got over 50. the other 2 maybe slightly and sheltered north with no cornices when we were there. anyway , great stuff. especially the ones I've looked at and may never get on

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    invermere
    Posts
    469
    nice work dude, enjoyed you're reports.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    tourin BC
    Posts
    2,780
    now if you could just get your pic's full size you'd deff be winning the game of TGR's TR's ...

    its been an epic year in these parts, and I too am thinking bush arm. so are the last of the hardcore sledders ...

    just waiting to see wot the weather does this weekend ...
    We, the RATBAGGERS, formally axcept our duty is to trigger avalaches on all skiers ...

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    mcflattown
    Posts
    725
    Quote Originally Posted by Shadam View Post
    just waiting to see wot the weather does this weekend ...
    its gonna rane up to... pretty high... i think... but I guess well see

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    denver
    Posts
    1,864
    Looks awfully fun. I'm surprised you don't hear about more people skiing Smart. Such a good looking peak.
    I can't believe you are a rando racer because I look so much better in Lycra than you.

    People who don't think the Earth is flat haven't skied Vail.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    SLC
    Posts
    2,554
    Shit, that looks fun. First video started off slow then changed pace real quick. Enjoyed it thoroughly!

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Vancouver Island
    Posts
    1,747
    Angry, you have been flat out killing it lately (even more so than usual).
    "...if you're not doing a double flip cork something, skiing spines in Haines, or doing double flip cork somethings off spines in Haines, you're pretty much just gaping."

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Maine Coast
    Posts
    2,600
    That was great!! What a tic list!

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Denver
    Posts
    2,122
    Whoa! Serious work indeed!

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Vancouver BC
    Posts
    2,604
    Really been enjoying your TR's the last couple seasons and seeing you progress into bigger terrain like this.

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Denver, Co.
    Posts
    1,423
    Excellent.
    "I almost feel bad for the guy, awakening the veritable Sauron's Eye that is TGR's sense of entitlement to judgement! " - Joe Strummer

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    P-tex, CA
    Posts
    8,085
    Loving this....fuck yeah!


  20. #20
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    the most beautiful place in the whole wide world
    Posts
    1,410
    just got kicked in the head by a bunch of stoke. holy shit. nice.

  21. #21
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Golden, BC
    Posts
    1,355
    Interesting this got bumped today. After weeks of getting skunked by warm, I'm heading off to a line that probably just came into condition in the last little while. Oh, and fresh snow down pretty low today (1500m, WTF?) in the rockies!

  22. #22
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    give'er eh!
    Posts
    1,318
    snow-looks good....-freezing... level is a-ok above 2500m for the weekend... high pressure developing! winters last stand? I guess we will see.
    Last edited by teamdirt; 05-30-2014 at 08:07 AM.

  23. #23
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Where the Butte is Crested
    Posts
    3,340
    Hell yeah! Killing it!
    -
    14erskiers.com

    "Don't be afraid of the spaces between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so." - Belva Davis

    "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle"--Albert Einstein

  24. #24
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    SLC
    Posts
    2,554
    Damn, looks fun!

  25. #25
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Golden, BC
    Posts
    1,355
    Quote Originally Posted by teamdirt View Post
    snow-looks good....-freezing... level is a-ok above 2500m for the weekend... high pressure developing! winters last stand? I guess we will see.
    Yup!



    Moving shit tomorrow then hopefully again on sunday.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •