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hefeweizen

[TR] Monarch Icefield - 4/15/2012

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Trip: Monarch Icefield -

 

Date: 4/15/2012

 

Trip Report:

A group of 5 of us completed a traverse of the Monarch Icefield this spring (April 15-May 9). We were dropped off on the SE end, on the Talchako Glacier, and exited 24 days later via the Nusatsum River Road to the Bella Coola highway.

 

While weather was certainly a challenge, we got some good skiing in from camps as we went. Highlights of the trip included descents of Princess, Ogre, and Talchako peak.

 

Our plan had been to exit via the Nusatsum Divide, but at that time the area was seeing a climax avalanche cycle and we didn't feel comfortable with it. We took our chances with the unknown condition of the road. The road is extremely flood damaged, with many bridges damaged/missing and portions of the road washed out. We made it work (obviously) but there were some shenanigans. If the river levels had been higher it would have been a different story.

 

If anyone wants specific information about our route, itinerary, or details about the road, feel free to PM me.

 

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Camp on the Talchako Glacier.

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On the Jacobsen Glacier.

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Ascending Princess peak.

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My tent mate :grin: on top of Ogre, view towards the east.

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Shenanigans crossing the river where a bridge used to be.

 

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Skiing off Ogre.

 

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First treeline camp!

 

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Skiing Princess.

 

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Livin the dream (Mount Dagon in the distance).

 

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Camp on the Jacobsen.

 

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Heading for beer and ice cream.

 

 

Gear Notes:

Should've had more hooch for all the tent time.

 

Approach Notes:

Helicopter from Bluff Lake, White Saddle Air. Great folks all around.

Edited by hefeweizen

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