Aaron, Ian and I had a fantastic day in the loop brook area of Roger’s Pass yesterday. It was my fifth 10 000 footer in a row so needless to say I was a little tired last night and didn’t have any energy left to blog.
Somehow yesterday was the first time I had toured into the loop brook this year, its amazing because I am usually there a bunch in the early season. I love this drainage, it hosts some great 2000-3500 foot runs surrounded by cascading glaciers and overshadowed by the immense walls of Mt-Bonney. An impressive area to be on a clear day, although today wasn’t clear.
We gained elevation quickly by touring up Mt-Afton. By touring up this side of the drainage it would set us up for a fantastic 3500 foot west facing run that puts us into the Bonney trees; and it also gives us a summit. It took just over three hours for us to summit and then we had a fantastic run down to valley bottom. A run Aaron was claiming as “one of the best of the year”.
From there we aimed our skins up towards the Bonney trees and further up the moraines till we were just onto the glacier. At this point I did a couple of laps to make sure I gained my goal and finally caught up to them at the top of the run. The whole aspect is north facing and very protected in here so the snow quality was amazing. Easily 40 cm of light snow overlying a well settled base. Perfect powder skiing. Although the light was not great so I didn’t get any good photos.
It was great to be back in this drainage, good things are worth waiting for and our tour today was worth the wait! Day 32- 10 300ft