G3's multi-talented Jr Engineer / super-ripper Bayden Hamilton just sent us this report from a ski trip that was only a few weeks ago. Suddenly we miss winter, a lot! Here's his story...
Thank you to everyone who participated in G3's 'Touring Season' Contest. It's great to see everyone still jazzed about skiing while others are busy rushing into summer. In G3's backyard we've been lucky enough to enjoy both this month! The weather gods have dished out everything from cold, wintery powder days to hot, sunny biking/climbing/kiting days. No complaints!
Cam just scored himself $500 worth of touring gear from G3, including...
Owls couloir has been the objective but Mt.Cook keeps blocking. I've been wanting to ski this line since I did the Wedge to Currie traverse from parking lot to Pemberton in under 22 hours with my brother and a couple of elite mountain bike racers back in the 90s.
It's close but far as day trips go. I've spent a lot of time in the Wedge area from the introduction to mountaineer days. Neck belays, grovelling on the south side of Wedge up the boulder fields and cornice drops on the NE arete.
If you missed it... Read Part 1 Here.
1:15am… Woken up by some loud German voices, we started to second-guess our idea to not get an alpine start to the day. With most of the groups being on their skis by 2am, Andrew and I both were thinking that we may have just compromise our chances to get to the summit that day… would the weather turn on us? Would it get too warm to travel under the broken icy faces?
From the day we set foot in the cabin in the alps, I could not help but wonder if the stars would align for us to reach the summit of the magical Mt Blanc. All winter long, it was there, keeping an eye on us during our multiple training sessions up La Roche Pourrie. It was also there when we raced the Pierra Menta and was always so prominent every time we would climb up any summit near or far.
Mt Blanc is known to be the dream of a lot of climbers and mountaineers and it certainly has been the subject of a few discussions at our dining room table.
A few days ago I finally skied the NW couloir on Mt. Burgess, a 4000' line I had been wanting to take a closer look at for about ten years. When staring up at it from the Emerald Lake, one of the signature landmarks Yoho Park is famous for, it's a very obvious split in the North face of Mt.