Thursday, May 26, 2011


Just back from a short trip of rock climbing in Squamish BC.  Somehow managed to sneak in a couple classic routes between rain storms!  Climbed the Grand Wall, Angles Crest and a few hot laps on the apron.  No pics this time but check out a few from past trips.  

Paul McSorley following pitch 7 on the University Wall (5.12)

Climbing a new route (5.11ish) near the Squaw

The Spit Pillar pitch of the Grand Wall (5.11) 

Angels Crest

Climbing in the Smoke Bluffs

Ross following pitch 2 of the University Wall

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Mount Victoria NE face

Ok... one last ski trip.   This time joined by Canmore locals Andrew W and Gery U we ventured up the mighty mount victoria at the head of Lake Louise.   A 2:15 am departure landed us on the summit enjoying some of the most spectacular views of any mountain at 9am.

Sunrise of Lake Louise

Gery approaching the ski line

Gery kicking up the face

The line (straight off the summit mid picture)

Did we just ski that??

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Keiths Hut/Mount Matier

Last ski trip of the year!!  Simon and David came up from Vancouver to do the spearhead traverse from Blackcomb to Whistler but with a poor forecast we headed out to the Duffy lake road to spend a night at the Keiths Hut.
With what looked like the last blue bird day for a while we headed up the Matier Glacier from the Joffre lakes.  A wild ascent line underneath the North face of Mnt Slalok and up through the Matier glacier icefall took us to the summit Mnt Matier befor heading down to the hut for the night

Looking at our ski ascent following the ramps in the center of the photo

Boot packing through the Matier icefall

Weaving through crevasses below Mnt Joffre

Heading up Mnt Matier with Slalock in the background

Simon on the summit of Matier!
Looking up at Matier and the Anniversary glacier from the hut

Wapta Traverse

April 26 - 29 Guided a 4 day trip of the Wapta Traverse from Bow Lake to Sherbrooke.  Spring was no where to be seen with nice cool temps and dry powder snow making for great skiing.

approaching the Bow Hut, our first hut of the trip

Day 2 and our second nights accommodation, the Balfour Hut

Looking back at the Vulture Col and Mount Olive from the Balfour high col 

Our descent from day 2 in the distance

Seracs on our way up to the Balfour high col