Highway 99 South – Duffey Lake Road
Drove up to North Joffre Creek Friday night (Nov 23). Temperature was -3C with snow showers. Skinned up Saturday morning (Nov 24) on the logging road; 2 feet of snow at the end of road. Powder covered alder fields of death on the right side of the open creek. Approach took 1.5 hr up the road, then 2 hours through the alders and creek to the base of the climbs in the lower valley. Tried to climb to the base through unconsolidated powder and exposed alders. The climbs were thin with many detached icicles. The largest piece of ice was a WI 3 lump in a corner and appeared detached. As we packed up at the bottom, having given up on the approach, the whole piece collapsed. We exited on climbers-left side of the valley and crossed at a clearing, 1 hr out to the road. much easier then the approach.
The upper valley ice looked thin and detached through a scope from the road. More snow and ice are required to make these climbs feasible.