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[TR] Vayooooo - 8/23/2007

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Trip: Vayooooo -

 

Date: 8/23/2007

 

Trip Report:

I hate writing TRs, so here's some photos and notes. NW ridge is cool, but pretty easy. Killer campsite, but shame about the 5hr drive and 3 hr bushwack.

 

Jamie Creek Valley: skiing anyone?

jamie.jpg

 

Killer camp:

camp.jpg

 

Peak from below:

sky.jpg

 

GS and NG on ridge ahead of us:

gsng.jpg

 

PB topping out:

pb1.jpg

 

OMG the exposure!!!!!

pb2.jpg

 

Views to previous adventures in the Tchaikazan:

Tchaikazan.jpg

 

 

Regarding the approach. There have been previous suggestions from some to sidehill high above the valley, but there is a tonne of blowdown. Valley floor is bushy/swampy in spots, but overall it's a better choice to stay low all the way to the outlet stream and then head up. Or if you want a really good way to hike out, you could do this:

river.jpg

 

We took a 8mil and a small rack, but never used anything. Didn't see much 5th, but lots of cool 4th. The rap off the gendarme is all of 8m and can be bypassed on the right. There's some steepish snow to get up to access the ridge and I've heard that in years past this can be hard ice. Take some hobnails. Nice place.

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Jamie Creek Valley: skiing anyone?

jamie.jpg

 

For anyone who might be wondering, that's the Surfusion Glacier at the head of the valley.

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Thanks for the TR!

 

How were the bugs this year?

 

Went a couple of years ago and the blighters got my whole face so that it swelled up to size of a football. Had to crawl on my hands and knees to get out and spent next 2 weeks wearing shades so as not to frighten people at work.

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I had a similar experience at Vayu a couple years ago. We literally only went a couple hundred meters before turning back. I thought my partner was going to go crazy.

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Bugs weren't that bad and maybe they are a bit quieter this year? . . . maybe deeper snowpack, relatively cool summer temps? . . . there have also been some pretty low feezes overnight lately.

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Jamie Creek Valley: skiing anyone?

jamie.jpg

 

For anyone who might be wondering, that's the Surfusion Glacier at the head of the valley.

 

This is a nice valley. No wonder we never pushed that road up though.

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-"You cheeseburger walrus!"

-"Mr Lahey, they're juxtaposing weird animal names with greasy food products again!"

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