Monthly Archives: April 2009

Jordan Range Traverse

I’m just back from an awesome 8 day trip with Andrew and Jordy through the Jordan Range,  in the Monashees north of Revelstoke. We scored incredible weather (not a moment of obscured visiblity), stable snow, powder on the north sides (our descents),  and firmer snow for easy travelling everywhere else.


Looking into Frisby Creek – After dropping a canoe at our exit point on the Columbia River (most of which was still frozen over) and enjoying Joel and Vanessa’s hospitality in Revelstoke, we flew into Frisby Creek to begin the trip. Nothing like being dropped atop a 3000′ powder run on a perfect sunny morning.


Shred Peak – Frisby Creek is surrounded by the ski runs of your dreams in every direction. This was just one of them.


Heading out – It was difficult to leave such great skiing, but we had mountains to explore.


Andrew – Dropping into the north side of Schrund Peak. 


Jordy – On the Big Eddy Glacier, with Frenchman’s Cap in the background.


Hazards – Peering into a sinkhole on the Big Eddy Glacier.


Dawn – the view of Schrund peak as I exited the Megamid in the morning.


Route Finding – trying to find a passage from the Big Eddy drainage onto the Park glacier.


Steep – Exposed skiing on less than perfect snow above the Park glacier.


Feline  – We set up camp at the base of the Bourne glacier for a few nights, exploring and skiing Feline and Pyrite peaks.


Feline Summit – Ascending to the summit of Feline from the West required a bit of exposed scrambling above the icefalls of the Park glacier.


Jordy – Skiing the North face of Feline.


Andrew – Still finding powder on the North face of Feline after 6 days of sunshine.


Skiing out – it took us a day and half to ski out from the Bourne Glacier to our canoe on the Columbia River.


Powerlines – Wanting to avoid rotten snow at lower elevations, we waited until morning to ski the last 2500′ descent down the powerlines. Notice Downie  inlet still frozen.


Across the Columbia – After scoffing the beers and treats we’d left with the canoe, we paddled across to the car we’d parked at the Downie Creek community. 


Jordy, Andrew, and Stewart – the end.


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