Cypress Peak (not Cypress Bowl) April 9, 2012

CYPRESS PEAK (not Cypress Bowl), April 9, 2012

On a beautiful Monday, Trevor and I went for a 30km, 1800m elevation walk. Starting from 500m at the plowed end of the access road from Powder Mountain Catskiing we hit snow at 510m (gloriously only having to hike 100m distance in ski boots). We then skinned for 9km on a logging road (yup – should’ve borrowed a snow chariot for this one), then up the NE bowls and glacier to Cypress Peak.

Views were magnificent today and light was tremendous. Temps climbed during the day to the point that we were shirtless-heroing on the approach to the peak at 2100m. Wet snow slides were just starting to come down on E and S aspects. Snow was decent on the NE glacier up high but getting pretty isothermic down lower as we got to the end of the road approach at the 1400m elevation.

Predictably the exit is very easy as the road is mostly downhill. Start at trailhead at 7.30am with end at 5.30pm with at least a couple of hours lazing around looking at the view.

Start at 500m elevation

3km mark at the logging road approach

6km mark – still a ways to go but now Cypress Pk looks closer – photo by Trevor Hawkins

First very warm day of spring starts the wet slide cycles on the E face of Tricouni

Might as well refill water

Toe of the NE approach to Cypress – Lesser Cypress Pk visible. Shoulda taken a snow donkey here– photo by Trevor Hawkins

Shirtless hero time

Large pano is here

Interesting line on NE face of Lesser Cypress Pk

On the summit ridge and heading to summit or plummet- photo by Trevor Hawkins

Looking N to E from summit ridge – Large pano is here


Bootpack avoids massive cornices

More bootpacking up final face

View looking towards the Badass Range aka Tantalus Range from Cypress Pk

Closer view of N face of Tricouni which probably deserves a bit more attention but maybe when the alpine temps aren’t 10 degrees

View looking S to N from Cypress Pk. Large pano is here


Closeup of the FUBAR glacier aka Rumbling Glacier

Louie and I skied off the col in half sun/shade last year and joined the N face of Tricouni halfway down, Note seracs in middle of face that must be avoided

Time for Trevor to photo slut

More Schlampe

Another misc view of Brew with Whistler/Blackcomb as backdrop

Posing on the face

Skiing the summit face – – photo by Trevor Hawkins


Lee – – photo by Trevor Hawkins

Feeling small moment on the NE glacier

Another feeling small moment– photo by Trevor Hawkins

Trev on the summit ridge starting his 600m run

Hohum – more sunny glacier skipping


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