Spearhead Traverse Variation

By:  Sam
April 26, 2011

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We were all pretty excited to ski low angle pow all the way down the overlord. As mason said, “glaciers are like ski runs built by Jesus”….

The final few feet of the final climb. My heels were blistered, we were all out of water, and the light was fading, time to go!

On the start of the final descent, faceplants were had by all. The snow was sticky and we were tired. Now in a foul mood, we began our banzai run down ice louge of a hiking trail back to the Whistler base.

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a bear…

… and tunderous bass from the dance party/booter-fest that we going on at the base. Bewildered, we ordered some beers and took in the scene.

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  1. Lee Lau
    wrote on April 26th, 2011 at 2:12 pm  

    Awesome! So many people get sucked into the standard routes – good for you on finding a local to hint at variations.

  2. Greg
    wrote on April 26th, 2011 at 3:39 pm  

    That was great Sam! Let’s see some more on the list!

  3. christian
    wrote on April 26th, 2011 at 6:52 pm  

    that looked pretty fun doods. haute route next?? :D

  4. Lionel Hutz
    wrote on April 26th, 2011 at 8:21 pm  

    Just awesome. That’s why we sent you out there in the first place. (Well that and we couldn’t stand the smell around here anymore. )

  5. Anonymous
    wrote on April 27th, 2011 at 12:06 pm  

    Is sam the only one that even skis anymore… We’re a little lacking in the trip report department from the east coast contingent. Good hustle though sam, looks fun.

  6. powhounddd
    wrote on April 27th, 2011 at 7:40 pm  

    Anonymous?! WTH.

    Anyhoo, great TR, really dug the read. Looks like a real challenging traverse to do in a day. Whoa!

  7. Savant Skis
    wrote on April 29th, 2011 at 6:58 pm  

    Sitting, sulking in a 75 degree house in the Bean……well done fellas looking forward to more diversions over the next months as I wait for the surf to swell again and wonder why I’m not in the PNW. BTW also thanks to the link to Jason Hummel – some great TR there as well………always enjoy the writing and pics-


  8. Peter
    wrote on April 30th, 2011 at 12:10 pm  

    awesome work guys. That route has been on my life list for a long time.
    some year…..

  9. James
    wrote on May 7th, 2011 at 11:45 pm  

    Sweet trip. Good to see spring is still serving up the hits

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