Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Summit Lake

Saturday Brett and I skied into Summit Lake and climbed Franklin's Motel and Levi's Ankle. The ice was stellar. The fattest i've ever seen it. Both are in grade 3ish conditions.

Levi's Ankle & Franklin Motel

To get there you drive up the Cameron Lake road to the gates. You then ski/snowshoe to Cameron Lake and then follow the tourist trail up the east side of Cameron Lake to Summit Lake. Once your at Summit lake you head over to the south east end ot the lake and follow the drainage down for about 300m. You'll know when your close to the falls because the approach becomes very steep. Kick your ski's off, wade carefully down to the lip, set up a rap off one of the trees and drop down into the ampitheatre. It's about a 35m rap.
The skiing in there is generally pretty good off Summit Knob and Saturday was excellent skiing on very well consolidated snow. Makes for a fun day.......bag some ice, bag some turns. Makes coming back to work Monday all the harder.



At 3/15/2006 02:23:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds awesome.... How long of a approach is it in total? Is the ski in and out difficult if I was to bring a rookie ski tourer back there? If you are rappeling in to the climb is their any way to walk back out or do you have to climb out?

Posted by Chris M

At 3/15/2006 03:21:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never really kept track of the time but i would guess probably 1 1/2 to 2 hours in and probably an hour out. It's a pretty easy ski. For a novice the most difficult part would be skiing back down the trail to Cameron lake but even then i think it's fairly easy. The only way you would walk out of the ampitheatre is if you rapped down with your ski's on your back or skied around the ampitheatre and approached the ice from below. I think climbing out is probably the easiest but not the only option. Have fun, it's a nice area. 

Posted by Blair Piggot

At 3/15/2006 06:04:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for the post. You stated the rappell is about 35 meters long. It sounds like if a person wanted to rap down on a doubled rope, in order to lead back up (for practice), that a single, 60m rope might be just a bit short to touch the bottom?



Posted by Brad

At 3/16/2006 08:21:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, i think a 60m might be a little short but if your crazy enough you could probably make it work.... 

Posted by Blair


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