I’m way overdue on updating this blog, especially with some of the photos from early summer. Once summer rolls around, my schedule becomes hectic, and every minute outside of work seems to be filled with climbing running sailing and hiking. I’m not sure where laundry and other chores fit in (they may have just been neglected). Back in May, I wanted to hike the Howe Sound Crest Trail but Alex wanted to get one last ski day on Koma Kulshan (Mount Baker). The conclusion after a brief conversation was to do both, making for an ideal weekend. We would end up skiing, eating pizza, hiking, and eating more pizza.
It’s no surprise to anybody who tried to ski last year, that some hiking was involved. This photo might seem to resemble July/August conditions, but it was actually the end of May. We carried skis up to 1800m, above the Hogsback and right at the toe of the glacier below Heliotrope Ridge.
Hike a ski! With a view of Koma Kulshan (Mount Baker). Spring corn doesn’t wait for anybody, and we had to time our trip to be on the summit around 1 to 2pm. For an average pace, this means leaving Vancouver around 4-5am.
Normally in May, you don’t see suncups. The snow was soft and slushy below this point, and we were almost ready to turn around. On Friday evening, some clouds rolled in which didn’t help with the overnight freeze.
Above the Colfax col, the conditions were firmer and we switched to crampons along Pumice Ridge and up the Roman Wall on the right. This is normally the point when I meet climbers on their way down, after having an early morning start to ensure firm conditions for walking.
Woohoo! This is such a great ski descent. I was here in March, and had way icier conditions. It was a pleasure to enjoy these effortless turns today.
To make it the perfect weekend, Maddy joined Alex and I on a day hike of the Howe Sound Crest trail. Maddy was recovering from knee surgery, so we decided to go north to south as going up was easier on the knee. Somehow the part about the insignificant amount of descending was lost in the trip planning over beers on Saturday night. Starting from this direction results in a net elevation gain, somewhere in the range of 3000m up, and 2000m down.
Hmm… we still have a long ways to go, and we are running low on water. There was almost no water enroute, aside from the lakes on the north end, ponds around Magnesia Meadows, and some small snow patches north of the Lions.
Finishing off with another pizza at Il Castello Pizzeria. That was awesome! Thanks Alex and Maddy!