It's Outward Bound 2002 YWP2. We started off at the Pemberton base camp, and learned about the basics of backcountry safety. We took the
beacon and buried it in the backyard, and we went to locate them. It was the most important part of this trip.
Each of us acrried a 45-pound pack, about wore 20-pound of ski equipment. Getting started took us about 30 mins to adjust. We ski in the woods
for about 6km and found our first camp. We had to compact snow before we could set up our camp. It took us about 45 mins to clear up enough room
for our tent, and another 30 mins to make our circular kitchen with seats. (Check out our picture)
Testing the beacon
Showtime ! Snowtime !
Putting on gear was an art!
Heavy Pack on ski, nice combination!
What long is it going to be?
I fell into this hole
We built a staircase around ...
... to get to the water hole
Last night was cold !!
This was our kitchen. What would you like for breakfast?
What much longer you wanna stay up there?
Taking a break
This was beautiful
The view was so beautiful, everything was covered by snow. It was a warm sunny day. We made good progress in handling our ski with our heavy packs.
We enjoyed this 2nd day the most.
Did you scan this Christmas Card?
Move on .....
We stayed in Wendy Thompson Hut for the next 2 days. No, it wasn't a full-service ski lodge. The hut was only built 2 years before to
commemorate "Wendy Thompson", a dedicted whistler outdoor adventurer/rescuer. She died in a avalanche. We were going to test snow
on the slope half-way up the Cayoosh Pass the first day. And make the summit the second day
Finally, we saw something
Wendy Thompson Hut
The power of snow ...
Let's test some snow before we head up.
Do you think it's good enough?
We dug up 2 different snowpit, and tested the snow. They were good to go, quite stable. We would head up to the top tomorrow.
Natural Rolling Snowball
Going up to heaven!
Wait for me !
Good night !
Good morning! We were heading up again!
On top of Cayoosh was my high point of the day. Looked down and appreciated my hardwork to get up here. We looked on both side of the Pass.
Amazing views across the horizon. We then traversed and crossed to the other ridge. It was quite dangerous and scary. It's windy, narrow and
snow was deep.
The Big Z were our tracks yesterday!
Top of Cayoosh
Traversing to the other ridge
What a ridge
My signature shadow
Coming back down was much easier
I was steaming!
Let's test this slope
I knew some Karate!
After resting for the night, we headed to the back side of the Hut and practiced to test that slope. We dug our individual snowpit, and made
a few measurements. It was fun to put it into practice.
That's the hut behind me!
We also decided to dig our snowcaves and stayed out here for the night. It took me about 2 1/2 to dig out a 8x3 feet wide, 4 feet high cave.
Looking at all the snow that I dug out, I felt ... satisfied.
I wasn't testing snow, I was digging my snowcave.
I dug out all these snow
I got visitors
I was staying in the cave of the night
Early morning, so quiet
This trip was an experience for me to see the backcountry in the snow, and opened up a big spectrum of winter activities for myself.