Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Greywolf - downfall, rain, and some skiing

I made the somewhat annual voyage to the south couloir of Greywolf peak with Leah, Ryan and Kyle.  It was the same weekend two years ago that I spent my last day with Chris Spurgeon, so the day was filled with thoughts of Chris.

Ryan and Leah coming up.

The morning dawned much clearer than anticipated, which made the approach more palatable.  The approach trail has seen an inordinate amount of downfall in the past two years, to the point that it is becoming effectively unusable.  We arrived at treeline and made the standard traverse to the Riddell lakes basin before swapping shoes for skis.  The weather came in as we climbed the couloir, but that was not enough to dissuade Kyle from scrambling to the actual summit.  Leah wisely opted out, but Ryan and I couldn't resist, and spent almost an hour scrambling around in a whiteout before topping out.  Back at the skis, we enjoyed good snow in the classic south couloir before heading home.  We were all glad to see the car after a long bout of rain and down tree hopping during the deproach.  It was a great day, but I can't help but wonder if the Riddell lake approach is not worth the trip until the trial is cleared of downfall.

Leah testing her steep skinning skills.
Ryan shimmying his way to the summit.
Whiteout party on the summit!

Leah skiing the South couloir of Greywolf peak.

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