Wow what a powder filled day. Nice short drive to the trailhead and then 4600 ft to the top of Begbie shoulder.
Coming out of the gates I was super tired, aiming for my fourth 10 thousand footer in a row I was fatigued and not pumped about the amount of skinning ahead. 4600 feet later and I was starting to get into the rhythm. Then we had our first run, it was epic, settled powder, small cliffs, pillows and a continuous pitch of OOHHHHHH YAHHHHHH. At the bottom of this line my energies were up and we headed back up for another.
I have skied this area but not that frequently so for our second run Conor and I went exploring. Which did not work out in our favor, the top pitches were excellent but then we got dragged into the tight hemlock forest, so tight you couldn’t ski, only side slip or ski sideways. We worked our way down and then headed up with thoughts of lapping our first run. With Cliff shots, bloks and psych we made it back up. Another epic run and we were at the bottom around 4 pm. Light fading we donned our headlamps and skinned another 2 grand.
Nearing the top the winds picked up and we worked into the 112 chute, a 4000 foot gully that crashes to the valley floor. Headlights on we shredded the deepest and best run of the day. 4 grand of perfect powder skiing.
A great 11 thousand foot day.
A big heartfelt thanks to Jeff Colvin for his donation. I think he was worried that I did not have enough money to buy Tracey any Christmas presents! thanks Jeff.