Obsessively monitoring and patiently waiting for conditions has been the story of my Spring so far. The weather here in the Koots seems stuck in a warm wet pattern, entirely unsuitable for getting into the big terrain of our ambitions, but a recent short cold clear window presented an opportunity for adventure.
Mts Burnham and Grady.
After a 30km snowmobile ride in from the Shelter Bay Ferry in rotten snow, we set up camp at the outlet from the Frig Glacier. Dining and preparing in steady drizzle tested our faith in the forecast.
At 4am it was cold and starry, the crud had set-up, and we were moving quickly by 5.
At higher elevations there was 10-20cm of new snow, but the trail-breaking was easy and we’d ascended 2000m, topping out on the Frig Glacier by 10am.
Looking into the Odin Glacier.
As we reached the base of Odin’s 2970m summit spire, significant weather started blowing in, so skiing our line before obscured became urgent. The steep convex roll we’d initially planned to ski was ringed with a dramatic 3-4m avalanche crown, accentuating the commitment as I cautiously dropped into an adjacent headwall.
Once onto the Glacier proper, it was effortless powder skiing for 2000m down to the valley.
Taking a breather.
Slogging out Odin Creek to the sled we’d dropped was as horrendous as we’d been led to believe. Cruddy snow, almost entirely flat, and littered with swathes of frozen avalanche debris. It was snowing/raining by the time we reached the sled.