Pascall - January 20, 2007
and photos by Sharon Bader unless otherwise noted
This is becoming our 'go to' area when the forcast calls for snow and low vis. The area is close to the road. You can get into the Alpine pretty quick or you can ski the trees with minimal climbing. Today the forecasted snow didn't come and we were blessed with clearing skies and sun! We took advantage of the good visibility and stable conditions to gain a ridge on Chief Pascall to see if we could access Joffre Glacier from this area.
Check out our previous visits twice in 2004 - February and April. Twice in 2006 - January and April.
We reproduced the April 7th tour but visited the summit ridge. This time we climbed the Ridge to 2250 Meters just past point 6 (green route).
The day starts with an easy climb through cut blocks.
Skinning up the Clearcut towards Cerise Creek
The wind and snow billows off Mt. Joffre in the distance.
With the stable conditions and clear skies we attempted to reach the first couloir on lookers left. We thought we could access this section by reproducing a tour we did in April of last year. We didn't climb higher in April since the snow was quite soft. Since we're still in the grip of winter the conditions now were good to go!
If we could get there...
At a tree line Ridge
The Full View
Climbing up the knoll
We saw consistent sluffing in the top 10cms.
Sharon Skiing down the pow.
Back up we go to the ridge
Starting to get pretty steep
not much farther to go!
The View of Joffre is quite nice though!
This was the only option down the NE face... we weren't sure what was beyond the rocks below... We opted to go back the way we came. The entrance to this involved probably a >55o slope with a considerable cornice overhang.
Heading East along the ridge was not an easy option either. Maybe with more time and an ice axe!
We figure the best way to get to the couloirs east of the ridge will be to just climb up them... not in April though.