May 13, 2010

Mt. Stanley North Face

Nik R and Josh B below Nemesis on the way out.

Had another fun adventure in the Rockies today with Josh B and Nik R. Left Camore at 2:30 am and cruised over to the North Face of Mt. Stanley. This was a face I have wanted to ski for many years. A few Winters back, I missed my chance when I bailed on Chief Ali in favor of staying out late to see some crap band at the Canmore Hotel. He had perfect conditions that day. When I went to try it 24 hours later, conditions had changed and I got skunked. Lesson learned.

Luckily, things were different this time round. Perfect travel conditions put us on the summit at just past 9 am. Temps were warm but not disconcerting. We lingered on top for a few minutes and took in the views. The 360 degree panorama reminded me that I am a lucky bastard to live in this place. I called my brother to wish him a happy birthday and Briggs suggested that I also call our friend Aaron (local Parks Rescue Warden) to have him put some body bags on standby.

Looking back at the Stanley Headwall in the foreground. The North Face route is the highest snow face up and left of the rocks. If you look close, you can probably see our tracks.

Cruising along the Stanley Glacier.

Booting up the face.

Nik's photoshop wizardry. Nik Rapaiche photo.

Just below the top.

Hey get that thing outta my face! Calling my brother Tony to wish him a happy 31st. Happy birthday Bro! It was past 11 am where he lives and he was still in bed with a massive hangover. He sounded terrible.

The Dirty Man.

The Dirty Man goes down.

Nik's perspective. Nik Rapaiche photo.

The turns were decent.

Back on the Stanley Glacier, Nik demonstrates an advanced maneuver.

More decent turns on the lower glacier.

Man, enough with all this pow already.

All good things must come to an end.

Nik put this together from the video on his Ipod Mini. Hysterics.

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