Posted by: westcoastice | January 24, 2010

January 24, 2010 (Thanks Peter)

Highway 99 South – North Joffre
I (Peter Watson) had already convinced a friend to go touring in North Joffre Creek on Saturday before reading Bruce’s comments. He was correct in his assumptions. Here are some pics of the ice in the Valley. Compare the pics, names and Letter labels to those on pages 82-87 of the WCI guide.

Swiss Wall
Approach time, skinning, from the Duffey Lake Road is 1hr 30min

Schneidelwurz and Fromage Suisse

Schneidelwurz and Fromage Suisse

Gee Whiz

Gee Whiz

Sweet Ice (A.) In, but lots of snow
Schneidelwurz (B.) In
Fromage Suisse (C.) In
Stem Cell (D.) Not in
No Name (E.) Uncertain?
No Name (F.) Not in
Gee Whiz (G.) In
No Name (H.) Ice uncertain; snowy

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Run Out Zone
Unsure of the conditions here – the slopes were snowy with scary avvy exposure

Aldergroove
Approach time from Duffey Lake Road is 2hrs (possible avy hazard???)

Spank Me & Things We Do

Spank Me and Things We Do

SM & TWD close up

Spank Me and Things We Do close up

Beeker’s Chimney (M.) Uncertain conditions?
Spank Me (N.) In (see pic) — nicest ice in the valley
Things We Do (O.) In (see pic) — not as big as in the photo on page 86 of the WCI guide

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Upper Wall
Approach time from Duffey Lake Road is 2hr 15mins (there was huge debris under this wall, so make sure avy conditions are good). Overview picture below is the same as page 83 of WCI.

Upper Wall

Upper Wall (Climbs M-U)

No Name (P.) Not in
No Name (Q.) Looked climbable (see pic)
No Name (R.) Uncertain?
No Name (S.) Uncertain?

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Sharpie

Sharpie (T and T2)

Sharpie Close up

Sharpie close up (T and T2)

Sharpie (T.) In and looks rad
Sharpie Righthand variation (T2.) In and nice looking ice
No Name (U.) In

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The Chute

Big Blue or Beek Treat

Big Blue or Beek Treat

Beek Treat (aka Big Blue) (V.) In, but beware of the extreme avvy hazard in this chute.

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Upper Buttress

Free Tibet and Rap in Floyd

Free Tibet and Rap in Floyd

Rhapsody in Floyd is there, though not as shiny looking as when Bruce and Chris climbed it. Lots of snow.
Free Tibet just looks like snow on rock to me.


Responses

  1. We skied in and out making it faster on the way out, but snowshoes really wouldn’t have been that bad just a little slower getting out. The 4km logging road is pretty much dead flat and the creek/boulder field might have been easier to snowshoe out then survival ski like we had too.

  2. Awesome! Can you give me the information how to approach there? I have a Dons’ guide book, but it is little confusing to me. Thanks.
    hee0549@yahoo.ca


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