We drove 6 hours deep into Canada to find ice last weekend, only to find out it is much fatter here in Washington 45 minutes from my house. Lessons to be learned. 300 ft of WI2 led to a final pitch of WI3+/4.
Conditions were variable, but the weather was stellar. A hard and steep skin track from the hut led straight to the ridge, where we were rewarded for our efforts with 360 views of the Coast Range. To the left is Mt. Matier andd Joffre Peak, sun setting on Cayoosh.
We booked it up to the hut 2.5 hrs. Passed a friendly group of 4 on the way. Dropped gear, downed some ramen and booked it to the top of a ridge for a mind blowing sunset. That night 8 other folks arrived, there was leftover wine from the night before, we built a raging fire and it wasn't long before Bieber and the disco ball showed up. Classic Canadian Ski Hut.
Departed late Saturday, 4 hour drive to Pemberton for an epic poutine dinner at The One Mile House. Hot tub and hostel later we drove deep up the Duffy Lake Hwy searching for ice. The clear skies and cold temps were ideal. We checked out Serendipity, Carlsberg and ended at the Rambles. A lovely adventure. Long live Canada.