Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Robson Skimountaineering


Some times everything seems to come at once and it gets a bit tricky to find the right balance between conditions and life. With life taking all but one day my brother Andreas and I realized the conditions were in for a ski descent. With our time frame we decided to take a late afternoon bump up to the Robson Resplendent Col. From here we climbed over the ridge and onto the dome where we were able to rest a little and enjoy the full moon before heading up the Kain face. Clouds building we took advantage of the full moon and started out before light climbing the Kain face as the sun started to crest.


Enjoying a solid freeze with no ice we were able to make quick work of the Kain and before long found ourself's floundering on the "roof" in Robson's infamous cloud cap. Working up the ridge and around big serac's we came across the summit at 8:45 a bit earlier then expected.

Waiting an hour and a half for a clearing that never came we decided to ski off the summit in less then ideal conditions.
Taking care not to lose an edge on frozen snow we weaved through the seracs and down the ridge. About half way down we came into some clearing and had a really enjoyable ski to the top of the Kain. Still frozen we waited another hour and a half for it to corn up alittle.

With a good clearing and enough heat to get an edge we decided to make a move before the lower elevations got to warm to ski. Standing 500m above the dome the very top of the Kain is about 45 degrees and then quickly rolls into a very committing 50-55 degree slope which runs out over a respectable size bergschrund.

Back on the Dome we picked up the rest of our gear talked to a guided group from Yamnuska and skied down towards the mouse trap. From here we gained the Robson Resplendent ridge and skied across it until we were above a line that brought us down beside the mouse trap.
Similar to the Kain face in size and angle there was a sense of excitement as we have never heard of it being skied. With the snow pack finally warm enough to corn up we had some great steep turns down to the bergschrund where Andreas found a jumpable section that brought us to the bottom of the mouse trap.




From here we were faced with some huge rotten snow bridges. Roping up we made our way down the maze of crevasses to the bottom of the extinguisher tower.






Taking off the boots felt amazing and we started our trek back down the berg lake trail to the truck. Meeting our good friend Ross at the pass he offered us some fresh food and was kind enough to help take some of the weight off our packs! Hiking down we were happy with the decisions made during the day and enjoyed the thick air, full moon and most of all the truck..

13 comments:

  1. Absolutely Fantastic! When was that? You skied it on the World Cups? What a beautiful mountain.

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  2. Nice! Getting after it, looks awesome!

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  3. GOOD ON YOU GUYS!!! THAT AWESOME!

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  4. And in PGs no less! Very cool.

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  5. How many trees did you plant this year?

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  6. Thanks guys,

    Skied it last Sat on the WC's. My brother on the Dynafit Stokes. Hopefully I have planted enough trees to keep up with my carbon fiber addiction.... ;)

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  7. Well done Reiner. Looks like a rad trip and looks like you had alright weather. How long did the trip take you in total and what are you skiing on these days? Good on ya!!

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  8. Hey Lyle, Skied it on my WC Trabs and Pierre Gignoux boots. It took us around 30 hours. Next time it would be nice to cut out the walking ski it in the winter!

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  9. Nice work boys! Drove by Robson on the 7th was looking amazing as always. It's on my list. Isaac

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  10. Amazing pictures.. amazing adventure! holy cow- your mother must be terrified when you leave the house!

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  11. Impressive ski descent and great photos. You boyz are core!

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