JasonG Posted January 9, 2013 Share Posted January 9, 2013 (edited) Trip: Castle Towers, Mt. Carr, The Sphinx, Deception - Burton Hut Alpine Extravaganza Date: 1/1/2013 Trip Report: Over New Year's I had the good fortune of joining several longtime ski/climbing partners on a trip to the VOC Burton Hut. We were trying to figure out where to go to avoid the crowds and Gord came up with this spectacular destination. Turns out that a stiff 6-7 hour ski weeds out folks (with the exception of Louie and Kirk from B'ham who joined us the last night). Over three days (five day trip total, with an approach day on either end), we managed to climb and ski East Castle Tower, Mt. Carr, The Sphinx, and Mt. Deception. All yielded ~1000m runs down to the hut at 1450m! We were blessed by good snow, fantastic weather, and stable avi conditions- what more could one ask for to start the New Year? I think this may have been the best winter ski trip I have ever been on, due all the factors aligning just so. We live in a remarkable part of the world, and I feel fortunate to have such good friends to share it with. Captions refer to photo above: Skinning across the massive Garibaldi Lake en route to the Burton Hut. Atwell (L) and Garibaldi summit close up. Skinning up Deception with the Sphinx behind. Topping out on one of Deception's summits with Mt. Carr above and to the left. Skiing off Mt. Deception The Sphinx, Garibaldi, and Deception (L-R) Skinning below Phyllis's Engine on the way to Castle Towers This notch accesses easier slopes on the east side of Castle Towers Booting up East Castle Towers Summit of East Castle Tower The true summit of Castle Towers is a bit of a challenge in winter conditions. We were content to stop and take photos from the east peak. Perspective. Skiing down the Sphinx Glacier with the Sphinx above. Skinning up towards Mt. Carr Gord leading the charge up the final steep bit below the summit of Carr. Endless ski terrain awaits on the east side of Mt. Carr if you have the energy to drop off the ridge away from the hut. We didn't, but Kit looks pretty happy regardless. Skiing the west side of Mt. Carr in fun conditions. Lower down on the Sphinx Gl. Spectacular! Looking at Sentinel Bay and the usual exit from the Garibaldi Neve. Some of the hoar crystals were impressively large (>1.5") on the ski out. Gear Notes: Hut booties, Whiskey Approach Notes: Rubble Creek to Garibaldi Lake. Make sure it's frozen. Edited January 10, 2013 by JasonG Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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