Author Archives: Olek Splawinski

Lillooet Headwaters “Surge” (April 21-25, 2018)

** Brief aside about the TR title: Too much “in-doctor-nation” (pre-medical and medical schooling) has conditioned my mind to only think “SURGE” after LH… Since waters can surge just like hormones, and we completed this trip relatively quickly, I thought the … Continue reading

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Augmented Blackcomb to Currie. Assortment of Beautiful Couloirs. (Feb 10-12, 2018)

Nick Gobin and Olek Splawinski. Feb 10-12, 2018. Family Day weekend 2018 coincided perfectly with sunny and stable conditions in the Coast Mountains. We were very spoiled compared to the interior of BC and Alberta, who had major avalanche warnings … Continue reading

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49ers (heures). A Stein Valley Traverse July 10-12, 2017

The Stein River watershed is gorgeous. It does not have enough hype. I hope this trip report helps ameliorate that. The standard traverse route of the Stein Valley starts at Lizzie Creek, just outside Pemberton. Approximately 91km of variably overgrown … Continue reading

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(SC)² = (Some Clouds) x (Supercouloir); January 25-26, 2017.

Supercouloir  (Noun.) = The 1000m couloir beneath Spire peaks that is plainly seen from the traverse across the Garibaldi neve. Many are called, but few choose to embark on the long journey required to ski it. The avalanche danger was … Continue reading

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Not the Cream of the Stonecrop (Stonecrop Glacier Jan 4, 2017)

Trip Report as promised to Foam-in’ Gobin. Wednesday January 4, 2017 There had been almost no snowfall  all year! (since Dec 30, 2016) and Avvy conditions were looking pretty stable. Unfortunately, the alpine winds had been super heavy. Specifically North/ … Continue reading

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March 25. Good Neve Friday.

Nick Gobin, Marius Muja and myself (Olek Splawinski) made plans to ski across the Garibaldi Neve. We opted for an early start, hoping to ski Garibaldi peak if conditions were favourable. Marius and I left North Vancouver at 03:30 and … Continue reading

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Advantageous route traffic on the Mouse’s Tooth (September 6th)

After a Friday afternoon of bouldering in Squamish, Ted Angus and I drove north of Pemberton to search for a mythical alpine climb called “The Mouse’s tooth”. Purportedly, “The best alpine climb on the coast.” Specific route information for this climb is sparse. The route … Continue reading

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Diego’s “red (nose) point” ascent.

Earlier this week, the Squamish weather forecast was not good. I was hoping to get away for the weekend and either climb in Skaha or Leavenworth.That was until Diego texted me on Thursday night, saying the forecast for the weekend … Continue reading

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A Hanging Judge. July 4 Mountaineering.

After sleeping in at the trailhead of Mt Gimli, Jeff and I set off for Revelstoke around 9:00 with the goal of cragging in Begbie bluffs. On the ferry up from Slocan, I picked up a Revelstoke tourist information guide. … Continue reading

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A Dwarf. July 3 Mountaineering

Jeff Taylor is dirtbagging/ climbing all summer, AKA: living the dream. About 2 weeks ago, he messaged me on Facebook to determine my availability for climbing shenanigans. I had 6 Vancouver friends over to my house in Vernon for the … Continue reading

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