Saturday, November 18, 2006

West Castle Area

Went for a sled into the west castle river valley yesterday to go climb Road of Bones 20m WI2-3, it was still running with water so we were un able to climb. Haigs Benidict 30m WI3-4 was starting to form but looked as though it was thin and covered in snow, The routes on Barnaby (dressmaker 20mWI3)(Outa time 70m WI2) are in but it is a two to three hour approach(straight up) and motivation was at an all time low. Laurie and I tried sledding up to the head of the valley to check for ice but a bridge was out and we didnt want to beat our sleds crossing the river.
Chris m


At 11/18/2006 10:52:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The compound gullies in waterton were surprisingly iced up. Nothing very thick, but there was glass all the way up. Kill Aisha was touching down, but a bit stout. I didn't look up Cameron way, but I doubt the road side climbs would be in. 

Posted by chris g

At 11/21/2006 09:37:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking about heading down to the pass area for some new routing on the weekend. How is the snowpack in the area around the pass and divide? We'll be closer to Colman than Fernie, and the avi report doesn't have much to say yet. We will have all avi gear. Trying to figure out if this weekend will be best and if I should be renting skis or bringing the snow shoes. Thanks. 

Posted by Brenden

At 11/21/2006 08:44:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its been a wierd fall for snow fall. As of this evening it is windy and mild in Coleman, all of the snow is gone from my yard and there is black ice on the side walks. As you get to elevation it is a different story, it is quite wintery and there are little lines of ice alover the place. Be very careful on leeward slopes as I bet they have loaded like crazy in the last couple of weeks. I would wactch out for drifts and large open bowls. If you are going climbing stick to the lower stuff, the only thing in the pass area that may be formed (thats lower) may be the 7 sister climbs Usually this time of year the bowl below doesnt hold much snow and the upper slopes get blown clear but be careful as I may be wrong, Im just a hammer mechanic. I work in the upper parts of the elk valley and I drive past sparwood every morning and it has been warm and raining ther as well so I dont know if any Fernie ice will be in either.
play safe. 

Posted by chris morris


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