Traslin's Can Am Challenge - Baker & Cheakamus!
Living in North Vancouver, you have Mt Baker and the Cascades just a few hours South in the USA, world class mountain biking out of your backyard, the Squamish Chief up the road for rock climbing, and less than than hours drive to Whistler Blackcomb.
So I hatched a small idea. If we get a perfect weather forecast (rare in the Cascades and Coast Mountains) let's celebrate where we live. Day 1 - climb and ski the Coleman Deming route of Mt Baker. Day 2 - Do the beautiful Spearhead ski traverse, and if the stars align, ski the North Face of Cheakamus Mountain.
Day 1 Mt Baker
To prepare for a trip like this, I have tried to make a habit of studying the weather forecast and avalanche stability. Or you could call it a lot of hurrying up and waiting for a two day weather window. Finally we got a good weather window and the stage was set for an amazing two days of ski touring.
There is no guarantees in the mountains. After all, we still seek adventure, and sucssess in the mountains is not just in achieving goals. It's about new experiences, meeting new people, and maybe a new sense of purpose and energy after returning to the real world.
Dropping in to Cheakamus
Note.... Special thanks to Matty Richard, Tim Grey, and Dominic Melanson who unbeknowst to us had the same aspirations to ski Mt Cheakamus but started from Whistler Mountain (the other side of the traverse). Lucky for us they were friendly and set a good boot track up. Good vibes! Thanks for your humble offerings and gracious boot pack.