Monday, April 18, 2005

Spread Eagle

With the new snow falling, and the possibility for some more cold weather, I thought I would post the pictures for Spread Eagle Col.

The mountain is located between Yarrow valley and Spionokop valley. The valley in the base is called "Blind Canyon"

The route takes the prominent gully directly up the face. The top looks like it could get challenging. The route narrows down considerably and steepens up. With the chance of warm weather slides, it wouldn't be a good place to decide to back off.


At 4/18/2005 04:01:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


How were the ticks on your outing? Just wondering how bad the ticks are these days...

Also, I've scrambled up Spreadeagle in the Summer (SouthWest slopes), and had a good look down  the Spread Eagle Couloir you are talking about. The top part of the gulley (last 500 feet) almost looks like a 'scottish gully' with steep rock sidewalls (which look like they'd take pro), but it also looked like the gulley had one or two small vertical (or near vertical) rocks steps that could prove entertaining. Someone has to have done it....


Posted by Brad

At 4/18/2005 05:53:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim Davies and I were about a third of the way up a few weekends ago. The day heated up and the snow went isothermic, a snow pit had the 50cm snow pack sliding to ground on warm slush.So we split and planned to go back last weekend, unfortunatly our plans crapped out.

Posted by Chris Morris

At 4/18/2005 06:00:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forgot to mention the Ticks, Lots and Lots of ticks, we found a few while we were hiking out, a few more at the truck, couple more at home, one while eating in a fancy lethbridge restaurant a few days later (girlfriend wasnt impressed) and finally Tim dug one out of his arm with a hot butter knife a week later.
PS. watch out for the Buffalo and the momma meese (plural for mooses)
PPS. the rock fall wasnt too bad but I would pick a cold night and an early start. I'm going away to work for the next month and I'll give er another try if anyone wants to come along. 

Posted by Chris Morris

At 4/18/2005 08:03:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brad, I heard you ran into Blair a few weeks ago in Waterton. Perhaps we'll run into each other one of these days. From what we could see, the top pitches did look a bit challenging. I don't think one would want to cut right onto that slab. It looked like it could be really unconsolodated, or worse quite thin over a nasty slab. I put a zoom up here . When we got higher up on the rigde, the angle looked a bit more laid back. 

Posted by chris goble

At 4/18/2005 08:04:00 PM , Blogger chris g said...

I would love to hear from anyone who has done it. Perhaps I will post a comment up at live the vision. I know people have been talking about it for some time.

At 4/19/2005 09:15:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just checked the moon phases, and it is pretty close to full this weekend. After taking a good look at the zoom image I put up, I sure would hate to get hung out on the last pitch with the sun coming out. 

Posted by chris goble

At 4/20/2005 12:34:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its definetly getting cold enough at night for the snow to freeze here in lethbridge. We bailed for that very reason, the snow on the sides of the gully where we were travelling went isothermic very quickly, we dug a snow pit near the bottom of the route, right in the middle of the widest part(smart idea). we got about 150 cm down and still hadnt reached ground. The snow pack was hard to read due to the fact that snow sluffs had hammered the area all winter, it was very compact and hard to find definite layers. Shovel tests didnt really wotk too well, no actual fractures.
That is an awesome close up picture of the top, that little snow field is kinda spooky.

Posted by chris morris


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