February 04, 2017

Skiing the Aemmer Couloir on Mt. Temple

The Aemmer Couloir was the first bit of steepish skiing that I did in the Rockies. It was probably in the spring of 2004 and Chris Brazeau and I did it in pretty firm conditions. Since then, I've always imagined what it would be like in more civilized nick (to quote the Brits). 

In Dec 2016, I teamed up with the Austrian Mafia - Sepp and Gery - for a few days of frenzied ski activity. Over three days, We skied off Emerald Peak, The Aemmer Couloir and the North Face of Mt. Whymper.  The Avalanche "Green Brick" was upon us which meant early wake-ups and minor relationship stress (No Honey, I can't make that event in Calgary, I'm waking up at 5 am...) But at the end of the day, nobody remembers the disagreements and all that remains are the good memories... Am I right??? 

The Holy North Face of Mt. Temple

Still tele on the lower slopes of Mt. Whymper with the start of the X-Couloir in the background. PS: We turned around just below the col on this trip. Gery U photo

Sepp-u-lacra slashing past the daggers on Whymper. Gery U photo

The man himself near the top of Emerald Peak.

And then there's this.