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#1146267 - 01/17/16 10:40 AM [TR] Canadian Rockies - Ghost 1/3/2016
John Frieh Offline
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Trip: Canadian Rockies - Ghost

Date: 1/3/2016

Trip Report:
First time in the ghost. AMAZING! Big thanks to Tim Banfield for the tour and place to stay in Calgary. World Class.

Climbed in the Valley of the Birds and Beowulf first day and Sorcerer on day 2.

All photos by Tim or Nate Goodwin

Daniel Harro on Yellow Bird

Beowulf


Truly one of the all time best








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#1146271 - 01/17/16 05:06 PM Re: [TR] Canadian Rockies - Ghost 1/3/2016 [Re: John Frieh]
mzvarner Offline
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Registered: 04/27/09
Posts: 318
TRs: 4 Photos: 6
Loc: spokane,wa
Epic! Thanks for the stoke. I am heading to Ouray (not as gnarly) for 3 days in 10 days!

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#1146274 - 01/17/16 05:35 PM Re: [TR] Canadian Rockies - Ghost 1/3/2016 [Re: John Frieh]
Dinonuggetz Offline
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Registered: 01/26/14
Posts: 32
TRs: 10 Photos: 74
Looks amazing up there! Hoping to get on some Canadian ice this winter myself. Could a Subaru Outback make the approaches?

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#1146276 - 01/17/16 06:36 PM Re: [TR] Canadian Rockies - Ghost 1/3/2016 [Re: Dinonuggetz]
John Frieh Offline
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Posts: 6290
TRs: 56 Photos: 1214
Loc: PDX
Originally Posted By: Dinonuggetz
Looks amazing up there! Hoping to get on some Canadian ice this winter myself. Could a Subaru Outback make the approaches?


Unless driving conditions are ideal I wouldn't suggest it.

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#1146286 - 01/18/16 05:10 PM Re: [TR] Canadian Rockies - Ghost 1/3/2016 [Re: John Frieh]
Dinonuggetz Offline
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Registered: 01/26/14
Posts: 32
TRs: 10 Photos: 74
Bummer! thanks for the info

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#1146294 - 01/19/16 09:33 AM Re: [TR] Canadian Rockies - Ghost 1/3/2016 [Re: John Frieh]
OlegV Offline
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Posts: 629
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Loc: Potland, OR
Strong work, as usual, John!

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#1146300 - 01/19/16 03:05 PM Re: [TR] Canadian Rockies - Ghost 1/3/2016 [Re: John Frieh]
John Frieh Offline
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Loc: PDX


Originally Posted By: John Frieh
Originally Posted By: Dinonuggetz
Looks amazing up there! Hoping to get on some Canadian ice this winter myself. Could a Subaru Outback make the approaches?


Unless driving conditions are ideal I wouldn't suggest it.

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#1146306 - 01/19/16 05:48 PM Re: [TR] Canadian Rockies - Ghost 1/3/2016 [Re: John Frieh]
Blake Offline
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Registered: 10/15/03
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Originally Posted By: John Frieh
Originally Posted By: Dinonuggetz
Looks amazing up there! Hoping to get on some Canadian ice this winter myself. Could a Subaru Outback make the approaches?


Unless driving conditions are ideal I wouldn't suggest it.


We went in to the Sorcerer last February in far snowier conditions and had no trouble in Subaru Outback. I'm 99% sure we drove the standard "North Ghost" approach, but then had to park a mile or two before where someone in a hi-clearance 4WD car could get to, but the subsequent walk was flat. We used hefty trash bags to keep our feet dry on a couple shallow stream wadings.

Maybe the roads all degraded over the summer, but there are multiple approach roads for the area, so maybe the road the John and his friends drove was different than our road. (The Waiparous Option sounds more like 5.10 driving...)

Great photos! The top pitch on the Sorcerer was wild.
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#1146332 - 01/21/16 07:39 AM Re: [TR] Canadian Rockies - Ghost 1/3/2016 [Re: Blake]
Ryan Hoover Offline
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Registered: 09/09/12
Posts: 61
TRs: 9 Photos: 209
I'm sure a outback could get up and down the big hill, but not much further into the north ghost. I have ssen outbacks make it into the south ghost. The waiporous seems a little trickier this year, but we managed to get in and out with a stock Tacoma, but the ruts on the last hill did require us to throw some 2x4's in to get out. Hydro is ultra fat this year.

Looks like a fun trip, it's always a good day getting in and out of the ghost!

How was the new track to VOB?


Edited by Ryan Hoover (01/21/16 07:45 AM)

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#1146658 - 01/31/16 11:48 AM Re: [TR] Canadian Rockies - Ghost 1/3/2016 [Re: Ryan Hoover]
glassgowkiss Offline
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Registered: 03/08/03
Posts: 3961
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Loc: in the gutter
Originally Posted By: Ryan Hoover
I'm sure a outback could get up and down the big hill, but not much further into the north ghost.

After cutting the trees on the way to Ghost, Big Hill is not the crux, it's the drifts way before Big Hill, that will stop Subarus. And yes, after the floods and inability to drive on the dike, you will need a h/c vehicle to go to North Ghost.
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#1147082 - 02/21/16 06:55 AM Re: [TR] Canadian Rockies - Ghost 1/3/2016 [Re: glassgowkiss]
Gaucho Argentino Offline
member

Registered: 08/13/10
Posts: 171
TRs: 12 Photos: 124
Loc: Seattle
Dude!!! Duuuude!! So freaking jealous right now... can only dream on being up there... thanks for sharing the stoke!
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#1147167 - 02/25/16 09:50 AM Re: [TR] Canadian Rockies - Ghost 1/3/2016 [Re: John Frieh]
Alex789 Offline
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Registered: 02/25/12
Posts: 41
TRs: 11 Photos: 0
Loc: bellevue, wa
Fantastic! Next year will go there for sure.

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#1151686 - 09/15/16 05:47 PM Re: [TR] Canadian Rockies - Ghost 1/3/2016 [Re: John Frieh]
Joe_Poulton Offline
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Registered: 04/12/01
Posts: 378
TRs: 1 Photos: 46
Loc: Vancouver, WA
Cool photos!
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