Old Glory Tour

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With hordes descending upon Red for free skiing day, and sunny stable conditions, a tour up Old Glory (the highest peak in the Rossland Range) seemed a reasonable plan. Jordy, Steve, Marty and I made quick time in ideal travelling conditions, about 3 hrs to the summit, including a short ski into Essling creek. The double-hourglass on the East face (dropping directly below the summit in the pic above) is one of my favourite lines; steep, direct, exposed, with a couple of technical cruxes. We gave it a try despite the early season conditions. We found consolidated but still soft and consistent snow, making for fast and easy carving. The upper rock band required a bit of billy-goating, but that just added to the adventure. We got great powder turns off Hanna peak, and some fun ducking weaving down the uptrack to the highway. Only 4 1/2 hrs roundtrip and a short drive home, it doesn’t get much easier.
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