Monday, February 14, 2005

Crowsnest Mountain

Matt and I went up to crowsnest mountain on Saturday. The forestry road is plowed so we were able to drive all the way to the trailhead, this would allow access to a number of peaks that are normally done in the summer. We managed to get all the way up to the chimney and turned around due to potential avi hazard. There was a lot of snow high up in the chimney. There is a typical snow pack, faceted snow under the Jan 9 rain crust and 5-12 inches of wind loaded snow on top. The crust is thin in spots and punching through became quite a pain. Of note there are three ice climbs at the base of the 7 sisters that were in shape. Left appears to be w3, center and right are supposedly around w4. They all looked to be around 30-40m. I'll try and post the pics later. Cheers


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