North Face of Parapet Peak, April 14

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North Face of Parapet Peak, April 14

Postby skykilo » Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:51 pm

This line first caught my eye on the map more than a year ago. Here's a picture from the Carr+ marathon three weeks ago. The steep glaciated face, just beautiful.
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Last year, it was never really in good condition.

I cropped as much of Garibaldi Lake from this photo as I could, because I'm kind of sick of it for the moment.
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That's not a shelter built especially for midgets. It snowed a bit.
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This is the best I've managed to capture that serac arch.
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This time, just to go a different way, I led us by the Bookworms. That was a mistake. Andy follows my foolishness.
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Andy: Next time we want to spend a day destroying ourselves, let's go over there. Looks pretty cool.
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Southern aspects had sweltering, summery sun. Northern aspects were still holding wintry snow. Andy skis toward Gray Pass.
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Booting toward the summit of Parapet Peak. Note the cornices.
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At the summit of Parapet. That's Isosceles in the background. We schralped it last April. It's nice.
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Get over there and ski under those cornices, Andy! It looks perfect!
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If you're going to ski under the hudge cornices, don't stop. That's the magic of skis. In and out of the danger zone in 10 seconds flat.
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More April imitation powder. I love it when a line meets my expectations for it.
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It would be great to ski it all the way to Isosceles Creek.
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Melting some snow. I only carried a 600 mL bottle for the day, usually empty.
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It's Phylis's Engine and a race with the sun. We won, then we lost.
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Sunset above Garibaldi Lake.
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We had other ideas and might have been able to execute them, but my legs weren't even equal to the easy 4,000' (1200 m) descent to the Sphinx Hut. It's nice to stop at the hut and cook dinner. I have to be at work how many hours from now? At least I didn't lose the trail on the descent like Andy! Thanks for another awesome day, buddy.

Sadistics: ~47 km, >10,000 vf, 1 good night's sleep to come....
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Re: North Face of Parapet Peak, April 14

Postby Diamond Dachshund » Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:58 pm

There is so much more snow there now than last year. Sick marathon again. + than 10kvf, not bad.


Here's a pic from the first week in may last year when we went. for comparison.

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Re: North Face of Parapet Peak, April 14

Postby Atraslin » Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:21 pm

I was stoked to ski the North Face of Parapet.Got stumped on Castle Towers again.Does that mean I have to cross that lake once again.Then go back another time for Hour Peak.Don't believe the hype on Hour Peak.It's a Whistler thing.I defineltley don't recomend skiing out the barrier for the first time in the dark.Unless you want to wrestle with 40 degree trails,creek crossings in your boots.I just think I did the same thing 5 years ago.One other thing I still have to go back for my shoes I forgot.
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