Dogs and Randomness on a North Shore Couloir Link-Up

Not every day of adventure in the mountains is all about the skiing itself. Case in point, it sounds like Andy's close-to-home ski mission was more of a mission than he anticipated.

My friends Alex and Maddy reminded me of a line I wanted to ski off Mt Brunswick on Vancouver's North Shore. Always keen to take advantage of the peaks close to home, I set off on what should have been a pretty seamless trip.

Shenanigans happened right off the bat, when I pulled over to the side of the highway where the original trailhead used to be. I was all ready to go when dog-walker-Hugh and his canine friends pulled over beside me, telling me something I didn't understand about dogs and I why I needed to park elsewhere. So I argeed not realizing the new trailhead was up the hill. All of a sudden Ricky the dog jumped out of the van and started running onto the highway. A logging truck locked up it's breaks and almost hit Ricky Bobby, though dog-walker-Hugh saved the day. But once in the van he jumped out again, so I lept to retrieve him, and with all the excitement - left my pack in the car with my keys in it!

Hughy Lewis said he would call BCAA, but after 45 minutes nobody had arrived. I was sitting there listening to the new Pennywise album on my Walkman, when I see three-time world mountain bike champion road riding on the Sea to Sky highway. For whatever reason that motivated me to get up, grab a stick with a notch on it, and break into my car with it.

Good thing the rest of the ski went without incident! Just the slog on the logging road, a few tense moments crossing the lake, wrestling trees to get to the summit, all to enjoy some low-elevation couloir skiing in an area that probably doesn’t get skied very often.

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