Spearhead Traverse

February 19, 2006

With good avalanche conditions (danger was rated low across the board), a good weather forecast and fast travel conditions, it looked like the perfect time to head out on a long tour. I had wanted to do the Spearhead Traverse as a day trip (Spearhead-in-a-day) for some time. Stephen Ziff was super keen, so we hooked up on sunday for what turned out to be a very enjoyable day. I picked Ziff at 5:30 am and we wound up being the first people up the Seventh Heaven Chairlift on Blackcomb that morning. We left The Blowhole at the top of the Blackcomb Glacier at 9:00 am. Travel conditions were excellent. We were back in Whistler by 4:30 pm having exited via the Singing Pass Trail. What a great day!

Would you do a trip with this man?

At the East Col near Blackcomb Peak

Northeast ridge of Decker Mountain looking towards the Trorey-Pattison Col

At the north ridge of Mount Pattison

Heading down the Macbeth Glacier

Descending off the east ridge of Mount Iago onto the Diavolo Glacier

At the Fissile-Whirlwind Col. Happy to be nearing home!