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Slesse Conditions May 9

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Nesakwatch Creek road is totally impassible past 3km right nowbut will be rebuilt to 2wd standard in the next few weeks. Over the summer it should be possible to 2wd to the normal Slesse parking area. The big hill up to Rexford will probably be gated though.

 

Slesse is still kind of white but the east face pocket glaciers are already creeping and cracking and moving.

 

North Couloir could be good right now?

 

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That road must be near the top of the list for number of times washed out and subsequently repaired in the last decade.

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Hey Dru.

 

How muc snow is there in the big,long gully leading up just north of N Illusion (access to N Illusion-W Buttress etc)? It crosses the road a km or 2 up from the Slesse parking lot.

 

Thanks

 

Darin

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I'll post a pic when I get home tonight.

 

Short answer, the gully south of south illusion (right after the clearcut on the Rexford trail) is full of snow and an easy ascent right now - most of the others are discontinuous snow with possibility of block glide avalanches late in the day :noway:

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Looking down the gully shot for Darin. the top is discontinuous and melty.

 

northface.jpg

more of a NF shot of Slesse from the air near Icing Sugar.

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And here's an actual shot of part of the West Butt of North Illusion. It's pretty green in those cracks :(flyby.jpg

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The report got sent to client today so they should start rebuilding the road next week or so...

 

And there's still a fuckload of snow.

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Any news on the road? How is the approach to Rexford right now?

Any clues are greatly appreciated.

 

Cheers, Jan

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They are working on the road. No idea about the snow but it looked like it got slushiez up high yesterday, although it's melted today.

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Hey, I went up that road on June 16. It is good to just past where those large boulders are on the road (km 3 or so). Then it is completely annihilated by creeks. I mean it's f%#@ed. I think it would take em a while to fix that up. Anyway, the hike is no problem only adds 45 min to the Slesse trailhead. Easy walking.

 

Cheers, Jan

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yup was very sad to hear about that.

 

Tell the truth, if the pocket glacier doesn't go this year, we'll go elsewhere.

 

We're firn believers in "gift conditions"

 

Brutus

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