The Freshfields are a hushed touring zone in the Canadian Rockies, legendary for their looming peaks and late-season snowpacks. Located north of Golden, B.C. on the border of Banff National Park, the Freshfields are one of the largest glacial systems in Western Canada and sit below a crown jewel selection of jagged 10,000 to 11,000-foot peaks. Last spring, Eddie Bauer splitboarders Scott Newsome, Chris Coulter and Wyatt Caldwell linked up with ACMG guide Trevor Gavura to tick off a serious mountaineering mission in this remote zone.
Heli-dropping in close Crown Land proximity to the zone, the team set up glacial base camp on the Alberta/BC border of the national park, then waited out a massive spring storm in Pantheon Dome with expedition grilling, snow structure building and plenty of shoveling while waiting for the weather to clear.
See what happens next in Part 2 of the Freshfields Expedition
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