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  • Camelshoof Mountain - hike (June 2022)
  • Askom Mountain - hike (June 2022)
  • Metal Dome - hike (July 2022)
  • Mount Sproatt - hike (July 2022)
  • Mission Ridge/Peak - hike (July 2022)
  • Harris Ridge & Nea Peak - hike (July 2022)
  • Three Brothers Mountain - hike (July 2022)
  • Zupjok, Llama & Alpaca Peaks - hike (July 2022)
  • Shulaps Mountain - hike/scramble (August 2022)
  • Mount Sheer & Ben More - hike/scramble (August 2022)
  • Cathedral Mountain - hike/scramble (August 2022)
  • Mount Penrose - hike/scramble (August 2022)
  • Caltha Peak - hike/scramble (September 2022)
  • Beauty Peak - hike (September 2022)
  • Markhor-Needle Traverse & Flatiron - hike/scramble (September 2022)
  • Conway Peak - hike (September 2022)
  • Green Mountain/Pk 2200 - hike/scramble (September 2022)
  • Mount Brew (Whistler) - hike (September 2022)
  • Mount Barbour - hike/scramble (October 2022)
  • Mount Gillespie - hike/scramble (October 2022)
  • Cougar Mountain - hike/scramble (October 2022)
  • Barn Bluff (Red Wing, MN) - hike (October 2022)
  • Mount Steele - hike/snowshoe (November 2022)
  • American Mountain (attempt), Hunter Lookout - hike (November 2022)
  • Belcarra Mountain - hike (November 2022)
  • Oyster Dome - hike (November 2022)
  • Mount Thom & Cilliwack Mountain/Hillkeep - hike (December 2022)
  • Frenchman Mountain (Las Vegas, NV) - hike (January 2023)
  • Rolley Peak/Lookout - hike (January 2023)
  • Round Mountain - ski tour (February 2023)
  • Blowdown Peak - ski tour (February 2023)
  • Silverdaisy Mountain - ski tour (March 2023)
  • Spearhead Glacier/Husume Coulior - ski tour (March 2023)
  • Cowboy Ridge/Peak 2026 - ski tour (April 2023)
  • Slahanay Peak - hike (April 2023)
  • American Mountain & Mount Lincoln - hike (May 2023)
  • Mount Mclean Attempt, Red Rock Trail, Dragons Back Trail - hike (May 2023)
  • Coast Mountain Circle Route w/ family - drive/sightseeing (May 2023)
  • Stawamus Chief (South, Middle & North) - hike (June 2023)

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Sunday, April 30, 2023

Slalok Mountain - Matier/Stonecrop Glacier touring, April 2022



The lower of the three giants ringing the Matier Glacier icecap, Slalok Mountain is a trophy objective overlooking the incredibly scenic and deservedly popular Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. I'd already bagged both Matier and Joffre and retreated from Slalok's West Ridge/Face route on a previous attempt; a rematch was all but a certainty. Attempt aside, I had my eye on this as a ski tour/descent for a while now after being inspired by a post on TAY several years back of a party slaying bottomless pow down the North Face AKA Stonecrop Glacier. Bryant (and friend) were of a similar opinion, and so off for the iconic Slalok we go!

Mobilized shortly after sunup the next morning following a chilly night of car camping. Made good time to the upper lake where we stopped for a bite and powered up for what came next. The route ahead was clearly laid out, a couple parties having set the skin track up the slope on the opposite side of the lake. Gained a prominent ramp at the lower edge of the face proper, then followed that up and left onto the Matier Glacier. Could see parties on Matier's NE Face route, the apron below Joffre's Aussie Coulior as well as the West Face of Spetch. Quite the alpine playground up here! Turned right aiming for the North Ridge, with somewhat steep traversing towards the end and some cornice hazard overhead. Another break once on the ridge before continuing up and contouring right towards the summit block. Out with the axes and crampons for a short pitch of rime ice to the top and just in time for the clouds to steal our views.

The twosome ahead of us had just set first tracks down the face and per the order of our arrival - a couple parties had caught up to us on the summit - I was to be the third. So very considerate! A careful turn or two down the first steep pitch to spot my line, and then let it rip, managing my sluff by working skiers right across the face. Epic snow, epic pitch and turns-for-days days until reaching the top of the large gully skiers right, exiting onto the slope above the lake for the finale. Conditions are everything and, on this day, they were ALL TIME! Made it to the lake before anyone else dropped in and enjoyed my own live action movie watching a mob descend the face! A round of high fives at the lake and then back to the parking lot in no time with only a brief scootch and a couple short carries to break the flow. As a "road shot" this is about as good as it gets!

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Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Suicide Bluffs - loop via Mt. Seymour-Suicide Bluffs Trail, April 2022



Needed a short frolic in the snow with the pup without an early wakeup or long drive for that matter. Off to Seymour I go, this time to bag my last remaining named bump on the lower flanks of said peak - Suicide Bluffs. As with some of the other nearby "bumps" - Dog Mountain, Dinky Peak, De Pencier Bluff, Mystery Peak and Brockton Point - this is just another subalpine rocky outcrop with views over Burrard Inlet, downtown and beyond. Seems a bit contrived naming all these little bits of nothing if you ask me, but hey it's something to do and no more than 20 minutes from my front door, and no there's absolutely nothing suicidal about it!

There are a couple ways to approach the 'bluffs, either via Dog Mountain or simply following the lower Mount Seymour Trail then forking left onto the SAR Cabin Trail as I did. Checked out the so-called SAR Cabin and enjoyed my first views of the day before backtracking a bit and continuing on. Following tracks, I contoured around the west side of Suicide Bluffs and kicked steps up a short steep pitch to reach the top. Enjoyed the views and chatted with another up there before heading back east along the ridge. Followed the established Suicide Bluff Route past Hidden Lake to eventually intersect the Mount Seymour Trail, reaching the parking lot shortly thereafter. Got some outside time, good views and Pepper got to romp in the snow - a win for all!

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Saturday, April 1, 2023

Musical Bumps - Oboe Summit Slackcountry, March 2022



Out to the zone around the middle "bump" a few times in March for some chill laps in familiar surroundings. Passed through the area a few times over the years to and from other objectives, but never made the 'bumps the destination up until now. Enjoyable Spring corn descents on the SE Faces of Flute and Oboe to Singing Pass. Had designs on riding down the infamous Cowboy Ridge, but time, ambition and changing snow conditions got the better of us. Either way, a good option for those in search of an easy day in the Whistler "slackcountry" and something a bit removed from the lift-served rat race!

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