Cerise Creek

December 18, 2005 Stephen Ziff, Cam Shute, Julie McBride and I went up to Cerise with high hopes of skiing the northwest of Matier. A not-so-small avalanche had swept the face, so we decided to look for turns elsewhere. We skied a fun couloir located at the north end of Joffre’s southwest face. The snow…

Brew Hut

November 20, 2005 I was pretty keen to check out the newly finished VOC Brew Hut, so Colin Cheng and I headed up there for a day. I was also keen to check out the new access route which the VOC is encouraging for winter use of the hut. I was pretty impressed with the…

Needle Peak Northeast Ridge

August 11, 2005 Four of us enjoyed a fantastic day trip up the northeast ridge of Needle Peak. This is a great route with lots of time spent in the alpine moving along a granite ridge. The route begin by ascending Markhor Peak and then follows a ridgecrest all the way to the summit of…

Sigurd Creek

Neil and I climbed Sigurd Peak a the north end of the Tantalus Range. The ascent was acutally quite a long trip up through the trees but the views of Ossa and Pelion made it all worthwhile. It took a little longer to reach the summit than expected, so we wound up in quite a…

Chilcotins Backpacking

July 18-30, 2005 Dora and I went to the Chilcotins for an extended backpacking trip. It is a beautiful area with lots of amazing alpine hiking. All photos by Dora

Mount Baker Roman Headwall

June 20, 2005 Chirs and I zipped down to Mount Baker for a one day ski ascent of the Coleman-Demming route. It was a fantastic trip with great weather and excellent snow conditions. We had to carry skis to the end of the Heliotrope Ridge Trail, beyond which there was plenty of snow. We left…

Mount Matier Northeast Ridge

June 18-19, 2005 Scott Nelson and I headed up to Cerise Creek for a late season ski trip. We were hoping to ski Matier’s Northwest Face, but opted for the Northeast Ridge instead. the snow was pretty soft and there were loose snow avalanches running like crazy, but it was still a fun ski descent….

Mount Garibaldi Northeast Face

May 28, 2005 Skied the Northeast face of Mount Garibaldi on this warm, sunny day. Scott Nelson, Robin McKillop and I drove to the gate on Brohm Ridge and slpet for 3 hours. At 1 AM we got and up got ready to go. By 2 AM we were skinning up to Brohm Ridge. We…

Mount Elsay

Spent the day hiking up Mount Elsay with Lynda, John and Ruby. Good times! John, Ruby and Lynda on the hike in. Looking up the talus gully that leads towards Elsay’s north ridge. Crossing slabs as we near the summit. Nice views to the east. Lynda and Ruby kick steps up the final slopes to…

Joffre Peak Aussie Couloir

May 20, 2005 Ziff and I finally got to ski this thing and it was fun. The weather forecast wasn’t looking great, but it did look reasonable for trying the aussie given that avi seemed ok and we were pretty familiar with the route. We left town at 5 AM and were hiking by 8:20….

Needle Peak

April 2, 2005 Zipped up to Needle for a day trip with Stephen Ziff and Chris Gooliaff. The weather forecast was pretty grim and the avi hazard was at high, so things didn’t look too promising. Amazingly the weather held off and even offered some sunny breaks. we enjoyed good views and some pretty good…

Cerise Creek

March 28-31 Weather and avi didn’t cooperate, so the McBride traverse got canned. Instead Chris Gooliaff, Stephen Ziff and I went to Cerise for 4 days. We had some great skiing, and we tried to ski the aussie couloir. This was the second attempt for ziff and I, and we turned down half way due…

Fissile Peak Northwest Face

Feb 26, 2005 Clear skies had persisted all last week leaving the avalanche hazard at low in the alpine. The weather forecast for Saturday was blue skies, so Colin and I decided it would be a good day for a steeper ski descent. Both of us were keen to ski Fissile having failed on an…

Slalok

Feb 20, 2005 I’ve been wanting to ski on Slalok for several years now so I’m happy to have climbed it this weekend. Unfortunately I wasn’t left completely satisfied and there’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll be heading back. There are three reasons for this: first, I didn’t ski the line I would…