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[TR] Cerise Creek Duffey Lake Road - 2/2/2013

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Trip: Cerise Creek Duffey Lake Road -

 

Date: 2/2/2013

 

Trip Report:

You can tell it is a tough year as people seem to be hibernating. With a sunny vacation and a midseason ski break on the horizon I had to get out and try and get some turns.

 

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After spending most of the month in the Interior of BC it was time to hit the Duffey again! This season has been strange to say the least with big storms followed by huge lulls. It does get the mind thinking about trying some bigger objectives earlier than we might have in past years.

 

A 2am wake up and making the trailhead at 6am much to our surprise we were the only ones in the parking lot. We grabbed a quick nap before we blasted off with one group in front of us.

 

 

We set our sights on linking 2 North Facing runs NW Face of Matier and the Stonecrop Glacier.  It is a 1600m 8km skin to our first line and we left early in order to avoid the sun affected slopes on the lower mountain.

 

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The well traveled trail made for a quick ascent making the Keith's hut turn in a little over 1.5 hrs. 

 

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Reaching the Matier Joffre Col in 3:45 the wind was howling. Facing another 5 hours of mountain travel marginal snow and the prospect of skiing 45 degree styrofoam we pulled the pin. All was not lost as the 900m glacier run was our consolation. We will save this mission for another day.

 

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Full write up powdergangster.ca

More pics Here

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Thanks I want to see more from the south!! I am really interested in what info I can obtain on the North Cascades highway. I travel to washington state for work every 6 weeks from march till November and would love to do a little exploring after one week.

 

 

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