Meadows - March 17 - March 31, 2007
Words and pictures by Lee Lau unless noted otherwise
WEEK 2 - || Day 9 - Mar 25 - Practise slopes - Swan Creek trees || Day 10 - Mar 26 - Echo Glacier - Friendship Col - Sentinel Peak || Day 11 - Mar 27 - Granite Glacier - Ironman_Unicorn Col - Enterprise Glacier - "Scotty" Couloir - Granite Glacier || Day 12 - Mar 28 - Granite Glacier - Enterprise_Colossal Col - Enterprise Glacier - Nobility Glacier - Sir William - Granite Glacier || Day 13 - Mar 29 - Echo Glacier - Friendship Col - Gothics Glacier - Fria Col - Thor Pass - Pioneer Pass - "505" Couloir - Granite Glacier || Day 14 - Mar 30 - Echo Glacier - Friendship Col - Sentinel Peak - Shoestring Glacier - Echo Glacier - Friendship Col - "505" Couloir - Granite Glacier ||
Sharon and Benet on the moraine.
Kate and Joel with Granite Glacier and (from L to R on the horizon) - the Unicol and Enterprise - Colossal Col as the backdrop
Sharon headed up the Shoestring Glacier
Sharon and Benet on the Echo Glacier
Lee on the Echo Glacier ~photo Benet Summers
Holing up on the Gothic Glacier. Sentinel Peak as the windy backdrop
View from the Gothic Glacier looking east towards Yggdrasil and Wotan
There are two lines off the summit of Sentinel Peak that look skiable. Today Benet skied off the centre of the picture down a 50 to 45 degree shot that was about 100m in length then right down the 300m bowl. I backed off and just skied the bowl today. A few days later I skied a variation of Sentinel Peak on skiers left that is also 50 to 45 degrees and about 100m.
Sentinel Peak untouched - for now
Lee looking down Pioneer Pass and the alarmingly broken Granite Glacier ~photo Benet Summers
View north along the Adamant Group and the Nobility Group
Benet and Jeff bootpacking to Sentinel summit
Photo below is taken from just shy of the summit. You can approach Sentinel Peak on skis by avoiding the corniced ridgeline and skinning up low-angle (15 - 25 degrees) slopes to the summit block. The bootpack to the summit is a short 100m climb on class 3 rock and snow - an axe is nice but not necessary. Sharon and Tim are doing a hasty above a 300m slope that starts at about 45 degrees, is about 40 in the middle and benches to 30 for the last 100m of descent.
Looking down the summit bootpack to the SW shoulder of Sentinel and the beginning of the corniced ridgeline
The views were spectacular of the North Selkirks from Sentinel Peak. I fear I couldn't concentrate much as my heart was in my mouth hoping that the whole slope wouldn't slide as Benet dropped in.
Benet ready to drop in off Sentinel Peak
Benet dropping in
Benet skied it beautifully - his line is the one coming from the top in the picture below. Not even sluff cut off the slope. As I booted back down to Tim and Sharon with my skis, they tell me that stability looks "awesome" but that they're going to ski down the ridgeline. Hmmm? I don't get it - but its not up to me to tell them where to ski. I'm still a little spooked about the snowpack so drop in quick, make big GS cuts under the cornice (finding the best snow there btw) and scream out through the bowl. It was a glorious feeling dropping into the face. There was so much light airy powder but I dropped in so fast that it geysered behind me as my skis reached planing speed.
Apparently my squeals of joy and tracks changed Tim and Sharon's mind as they both dropped in right after me.
Sharon down Sentinel's E face. She crossed my tracks (lookers left under the cornice!
Lee heading down the Friendship Col ramp ~photo Benet Summers
Short little 45 - 40 degree chute west off Friendship Col up towards Damon.
Benet gets sloppy seconds on the Friendship Col chute
Temps were cold today and there was no wind on the Echo Glacier. Predictably, it skied FANTASTIC. Sharon had only wanted to do one run not wanting to "overdo" the first day. It was so good that when Benet and I caught them on the flats, they were already skinning up for the second run. It doesn't take me any time to be talked into more skiing so I went up again for another run - this time on the steeper skiers right of the rock that splits the glacier
Gratuitious Echo Glacier shot in front of Gog and Magog
Tim down the Echo Glacier for second run
Benet - view looks down towards Quadrant/Outpost Ridge and Swan Creek
While we farmed the east side of the glacier, the rest of our group farmed the west side
Cutting sluff down the Echo Glacier
Oh the snow was about as good as snow gets
We hammered that poor glacier three times in short order
Jeff and I liked it so much we went back for fourths - this time getting a shot off below Gog and Magog down the Shoestring Glacier
Jeff - another experienced ripper
This shot of the Echo and Shoestring Glaciers is taken from Sir William. It has a vantage point 8km NW and about 600m higher. It shows our routes and another route I put in via Damon- Sentinel col.
Day 10 routes
Day 10 elevation profiles
WEEK 2 - || Day
9 - Mar 25 - Practise slopes - Swan Creek trees || Day
10 - Mar 26 - Echo Glacier - Friendship Col - Sentinel Peak || Day
11 - Mar 27 - Granite Glacier - Ironman_Unicorn Col - Enterprise Glacier - "Scotty"
Couloir - Granite Glacier || Day
12 - Mar 28 - Granite Glacier - Enterprise_Colossal Col - Enterprise Glacier
- Nobility Glacier - Sir William - Granite Glacier || Day
13 - Mar 29 - Echo Glacier - Friendship Col - Gothics Glacier - Fria Col - Thor
Pass - Pioneer Pass - "505" Couloir - Granite Glacier || Day
14 - Mar 30 - Echo Glacier - Friendship Col - Sentinel Peak - Shoestring Glacier
- Echo Glacier - Friendship Col - "505" Couloir - Granite Glacier