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Intermediate Friendly Spearhead Traverse · Sat. Apr. 20th - Sun. Apr. 21st

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Organized by: Omid Javadi.

Start: Saturday, Apr. 20th
End: Sunday, Apr. 21st
Pre-trip meeting location: Email Faff


So I'd like to do the Spearhead Traverse sometime before all the snow disappears and before the huts go in (assuming that gets approved). I'd love some company. 

We'll start bright and early Saturday, enjoy one night of camping, and then complete the traverse on day two. If we're up for it, we might even bag a peak along the way. I'll limit the trip to two car loads for now, but if there's enough interest and experience, more can join. To join this trip, you should have backcountry skiing experience, know how to (at least kind of) ski, have avalanche and glacier training, and be in reasonably good shape. My green tights will hopefully be making another appearance, since they were so well received on the Neve. Preference, as always, will be given to telemarkers. The trip is of course pending suitable avalanche conditions and weather. 

Faff will be done by email. No pre-trip meeting unless people are really in need of some good company (and possibly a trivia night at the Gallery).

Lovingly stolen from Steph's trip description:

More details from Baldwin:

Most of the route lies above 2100m and offers excellent skiing and great views. This traverse is often hailed as one of the 50 best backcountry ski trips in North America. [...] This stenuous traverse is for experienced skiers only. The entire route is alpine and is extremely difficult to follow in poor weather. The dangers of routefinding through avalanche terrain and heavily crevassed areas are compounded by bad weather."

Total distance: 34km
Elevation gain: 1900m
Difficulty: 3/Advanced on the Baldwin scale
Terrain: Complex
Price: about $50 for a Whistler backcountry access pass, if you don't already have a Whistler pass

Posted: 2013-04-02 17:28:07
Last modified: 2013-04-04 11:53:19