Packing up in the Bugaboo Lodge parking lot. Low snowfall year allowed us to drive there.
Karin Sundstrum and Mark Price at the Kain Hut after a short hop in the heli
Excited to be starting.
Below Snowpatch Spire
Heading up Snowpath/Bugaboo Col.
Bug Lodge is way down in the Valley. Mark
Howser Spire. Peeling the skins prior to the first of many great runs in the bugs/Vowell Group
One of the most beautiful runs anywhere.
Karin all smiles after a lovely first run.
Karin and Mark and Bugaboo Spire
The big hole we climbed out of to start the Vowell section
Back towards the Bugs.
First Nights stop in the Malloy Hut.
Karin and Howser Spire
Looking across to Mt. Thorington. Prior to another great ski descent.
Brew stop on the trail
The West side of Thorington.
Massive Avalanche on the east side of Thorington
The next big drop into Crystelline Creek and our first supply drop. The following day we climbed the ridge across the valley in a storm and headed to Snowman Lake in the Bobby Burns.
Near Snowman Lake
Our first food drop courtesy of the generosity of CMH Bobbie Burns.
Karin heading up towards SnowMan Lake in a storm.
Leaving Snowman to cross the low point on the ridge to the right. Great touring but the avalanche conditions are worrisome. There are a ton of slopes to cross just like the one in the picture on this traverse. You cross them or decide to go home.
Karin leaving Snowman Lake. We approached the day before up the valley in the shadow.
Top of the Col. Mt. Syncline in the background. We passed on the col to the right of Syncline.
Camp on the top of Syphax. 10,000 ft. up. We thought this was the easist way up and over this barrior to the route to Malachite.
Belaying on the descent from Syphax
Descent off of the top of Syphax. Finished with three rappells off of buried stuff sacks through the rock bands. Fun was just getting started.....
Looking for my skiis. Initially lost my pole in this avy and had to look for my skiis after a secondary chunk broke off and buried my skiis laying in the snow. Never found them. "Hello CMH,,,,will you come and get us?"
I knew this slope was going to go. One of those time when I should have listened to my intuition. Always a good idea.
Ahhhh....Bobby Burns lodge, food, drink and all the comforts of home.
Karin and her friend from Golden.
Year II. Greg Franson from Montana joined us.
Could not drive to the Lodge this year. Lots of snow.
Massive avi cycle in the weeks previous. Huge wet snow slide just up from Bugaboo Lodge
On the approach to Cain Hut.
Camp I below the Howsers.
Outstanding four person tent.
Camp prior to Snow Man Lake
Karin and her massive pack with Syncline Mt. in the background. We crossed the low col on the right skyline.
Syncline Col. Greg checking the map.
Syphax. Not going to the summit this year.
Fogged in and not able to see the way down the west side of Syphax
Last turns after a long, long day. Come around Syphax on the East side of the mountain.
We did it!! The hardest section of the route out of the way.
Heading towards Malachite Col in an approaching storm.
On the climb.
Boot packing the final section. Mark did the bulk of the step kicking as I had blown out my ACL in my knee on Day 2.
Team at Malachite Col.
Descent off of the back side of Malachite.
Got really cold and we had about 7 miles of glacier to cross. One of the strongest storms I have ever had to travel through in the mountains.
Greg and Karin traveling with their Duvats on.
Just a couple of inches an hour of snow with a dangerous descent ahead.
Map, compass and GPS travel.
Our exit from the Spillamacheen Glacier. Came down the ridge and tried to avoid the slab avalanches.
International Basin Hut. Our wonderful refuge reached after a 12 hour day of travel. Storms, avalanches and one crevasse punch threw. Loads of fun.
Karin the next morning not feeling very uber Swede.
Greg and one of our food box of goodies waiting for us at the hut.
Karin repairing her thermarest.
All the comforts of home!
Beer, good food and a warm cabin during a raging three day storm.
Mark replacing a broken binding plate.
Greg on the radio with CMH. "Gale force winds and record flooding in the valleys." Shut down again. Now to get out of here.
The skiing from the hut was fantastic as you can imagine. Lots of deep powder.
Greg at the start of a slide that ran for 2,000 ft.
Had to be careful of course. Kind of (wind) slabby out there.
Greg getting after it. He had his full winter guide exam coming up after the trip.
Leaving our wonderful Hut in the lifting storm. Heading home.
Greg was always checking the route ahead. He would be doing this later on his Guide's exam so he was trying to keep his skills up.
The sun starting to come out near the top of our 5 k run down to the McMurdo Hut.
Some of the best Glacier powder skiing ever!! Amazing run down. Lots of dry snow to enjoy. Just had to watch the avalanches.
McMurdo just over Greg's head in photo and the 35 mile road out the Spillamcheen River Valley. Maybe we can get a sled head to haul us out?
Wind slabs were popping everywhere.
Gregg climbing up towards Syphax.
Karin and Greg stayed to get some runs in above the McMurdo Hut. The day after Mark and I had left, Greg ended his season with a ride in this slide. Lost his skiis and got banged up in the white room. Another heli rescue for Karin.
Picture of the slide path. Greg looking up the number for Alpine Helicopter to come and get them.
Got our ride!! Tried towing for a while until Mark kept flying off into the gutter. Jumped on the back of a couple of sleds and we were soon at the road end. I hitched to Golden and made it home to Bellingham that night. Wake up in a hut in the wilderness and several hours and modes of transportation later I wa home in bed.
Mark and one of our rescuers . Not a bad way to get out as long as you don't mind going 50 mph on the back of a bouncing sled.
Sled city at the end of the road. Must have been 50 rigs and trailers.
Day One. Year III. Just Mark and I this time. Karin didn't seen interested in another go round for some reason.
Our bribe to get a ride up to the half way point.
Sled Head City. 35 miles of road to our start point
We found some guys who wanted to trade the whiskey for a ride in. Unfortunately they wanted to drink the bottle right there.
His friends called him Crazy Wayne. He gave Mark a ride up the Spillimacheen at 80 mph. Later in the day he totaled his 16 k sled.
Here we go again. At the end point from the year before. No way we were going to repeat the first half for the third time.
Mark pointing up to the Spillimacheen Glacier and our descent to the McMurdo Cabin the year before.
Crossing the lake where the sleds drag race. The slope behind where Crazy Wayne rolled his sled for 1,200 ft.
Looking across the Beaver divide towards Mt. Beaver and Battle Abbey Lodge.
Breakable crust with 7 day winter packs. Traversing is fun!
Camp in the Beaver Divide
Grizz who came by camp in the night.
Negative image of grizz track
Mark Price leaving the Beaver Duncon Divide towards Battle Creek with Grizz tracks in the snow. The area is known as Battle Creek because of a battle between some early whites and a Grizzly.
Looking up towards Battle Range
Massive Spring slide
We had lunch and watched the folks at Battle Abbey enjoy some lovely north facing runs.
Mt. Spillimacheen on the left horizon. Day 2
Hmmmm....this is not our valley.
rap down and climb out or descend and find the correct col?
Home for the next three days of storm. Positioned in a safe spot far out on the glacier.
Day 5. Lifting storm
We started on flat glacier.
Cozy tent for three days.
Sunrise on a -25 C morning in April.
Soft slabs that let loose during the storm
Mark, out of the tent for the first time in three days.
Beaver Duncan Col behind.
Battle Range on the Horizen
Mark on belay. The start of four days of mountaineering in the Alpine.
Same slope from below.
Hidden bergshround equals torn rotater cuff. A four foot gap was covered with a 4 inch bridge.
A day of boot packing and descending. Not much skiing, way too much mountaineering.
Our descent on day 8 Eve. Another very cold night ahead.
Out of the tent and into the warmth after a -30 night below Grand Mountain.
Grand Mountain and the the ridge to the right we crossed to reach the Daville.
Rope on after all the hidden crevasses we found the day before.
Climbing on the side of Grand Mountain.
Near the top.
Mark got a little tired of all the picture commands.
We can see Sir Donald!!
Back towards the Battle Range.
Wind blown crap slabs for 1,000 ft. Yuck
Looking off towards the Daville Neve and our first view of Mt. Sir Donald
Crossing the Daville. So much good ski terrain walked on by. Must make it to Glacier Circle Cabin.
Start of the Daville raps.
Could not find raps 3 and 4. Ended up rapping on ice bollards. No crampons and thank god for Mark's little aluminum ice axe.
Very stressful raps.
Using the GPS to hone in on the Glacier Circle Cabin buried under 15 feet of snow in the woods.
Shangri-La after many days out in the cold. Food, woodstove and rebuilt cabin. Very, Very nice to find at 11 at night.
We had a feast with all the food that people had left there.
Glacier Circle Cabin. Built in the 1930's and recently rebuilt and placed on the Historic Building Record in Canada. A wonderful cabin to find in the dark. (GPS rocks!!)
Making an entry into the Hut Log
Original Bugs to Rogers Pass group register on the wall at Glacier circle cabin. Bill Briggs, Bob French, Barry Corbet, Sterling ......Alpine Ski Club of America
Big mistake. Left Glacier Circle in a storm and didn't reach the TransCanada until midnight. Should have waited out the storm. Long, stressful day.
Mark heading up on to the Illicilliwit Glacier. Last picture before the battery on the camera died. Another long stressful day with white out travel and wet snow slides on the Sir Donald descent.
Hotel in Golden the next morning. We drove from the pass to Golden and were asleep in a hotel by 2 am.
No more traverses!
Breakfast at Jita's in Golden. My shoes were back at the car at the start of the trip.
Mark's truck parked happily at the end of the road. The snowmobiles had all moved up the road with the snow melt.
Time to retire that rope!!