A bluebird day brought us back to Windy Ridge. This time we were hoping to enjoy the 15cms new that had fallen last night while getting in a tour up the ridge above Windy Point and over to the Johnson Glacier into some beautiful looking NE facing glaciers. Unfortunately, as we got to the Strohn Creek parking lot we could see that we were up Strohn Creek without a paddle; as fierce NE winds blew plumes off snow off ridgetops and raked anything in the alpine (in Stewart, alpine starts at about 600m)
We headed over the swamp/lake hoping that we could at least get some good views in the alpine
The point at the top of the picture is where a MOTH emergency shelter is located. This is where howitzers blast to keep the road safe!
Heading up the same route as yesterday we quickly found that the wind had indeed taken care of pow as soon as we left the friendly trees. We pressed on though as views were getting more and more spectacular.
Getting into alpine.
Some hardy trees here grew past 800m!
Linda with Meziadin Ridge ins the background
Not much trail-breaking – the snow has been transported
Sharon in her coccoon of warmth with Meziadin Lake stretching away to the east behind and below her
Finally we crest the ridge and make our way to the MOTH repeater close to a Last Frontier Heli pad. We’re at 2000m. In the coast most of this tour would have been spent fighting through brush and chokes of slash. Here we were in alpine a good part of the way. Glaciers, summits and icefields stretch as far as the eye can see. Truly a magical place – and shaded from the evil N cold wind.
Sharon – from left to R – Couloir Mtn, Strohn Peak, Bear Glacier and Cambria in the distance
Gear littersthis view
West end of Meziadin Ridge buts up against Entrance Peak (no Lee – you can’t ski that!) and Couloir Mountain
Lee takes a moment to bless the Last Frontier Heli stakes with a view to Pattullo in the left side of the picture.
The slopes are wind-hammered but we can still pose for pictures
Sharon, Lee then Brian
The wind scoured the slopes so thoroughly that tracks from animals are left exposed.
Just what lives up here in winter anyway?
The windslab and sastrugi made for sketchy skiing till we got to treeline
When we got to tree-line we farmed the slopes. In a tight band leeward there was still quite a bit of nice pow!
15.5km and 1400m of climbing