April 08, 2015

Robson Gmoser and Skiing The Gutenteit Couloir


The late, great Robson Gmoser skiing a run called Fearless in the Bugaboos circa 2012. We had just finished bombing the entrance slopes and decided that our work would not be complete without a sampling. Robson made a short video clip that day of our heli-bombing escapade and used a Butthole Surfers tune for the soundtrack. Like many things with Robson, it was serious shits and giggles. Like the time he brought me a thermos full of Bailey's at work, or flying around with various objects on high, open glaciers, or watching him recite The Wreck of the Julie Plante to a crowd of drunken professionals - there was no shortage to the hi-jinks. During the seasons that I got to work with Robson, I can't remember how many times I watched him diffuse stressful situations with a goofy joke and a laugh. You left the world too soon brother! But you left it a better place. The Bugaboos will not be the same without you.

Not long after Robson's passing, a few of us found ourselves driving down the Icefields Parkway, looking for something to ski. The news and circumstances of Robson's death was front and center in all our minds. Afterall, if something like that could happen to Robson, it could just as well happen to us. We drove north of Bow Lake to have a look at the Peyto's Pipe line on Caldron Peak, but decided to back track to something that caught our attention on one of the great ski peaks of the Canadian Rockies - Bow Peak. 


Up into the white, searching for the access to the Gut (pronounced: goot) and Tight! Gery U photo.


Even if this couloir didn't continue higher up, it would still be a great piece of terrain on it's own with some of the finest quartzite walls imaginable. The entrance is just north of the classic Grand Daddy Couloir and the God Father feature, but a ways south of the F.O.D.


Bender coming out of the initial couloir and seeing that the line continues. Gery U Photo.


"A Gut Tight Fit. Afterall, that's what it's all about!" Herr Gutenteit. Gery U Photo.


As usual, nothing but laughs for Buba - even when he is getting clobbered by spindrift.


Isn't it just great how the exposure disappears when you're in the clouds. 


This picture doesn't do it justice, but the wallowing in this feature was some of the best I've seen. Gery U Photo.


The trenching shall continue until morale improves.


Atleast good wallowing often means good skiing!


A wintry feel to the day.


Turning in the middle section.


Gery about to enter the Gutentight.


Bender skiing the fan that is the trademark of all lines on Bow Peak. It's hard to say if someone has been up this feature before, but for us, the line will always be The Gutentight Couloir after our friend Robson.


January 2012 in Chalice Meadows with some of the Bugaboo crew (right  to left): Kobi, Helen, Lilla , Ella, Robson, Andrew. 

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