Friday, April 15, 2016

The Icefall Traverse in the Canadian Rockies

At the end of March I got a change to visit the Canadian Rockies close to Banff National park. The adventure started from Golden, BC from where we got a heli-drop to the playground around Mons and Lyell Glaciers. The Mons and Lyell huts as basecamp give excellent access to eight different glaciers surrounded by some beautiful peaks with adventurous ski lines. That gave us truly spectacular surroundings and as a bonus it was all for us. Good stable snow, surprisingly stable weather, big glaciers, ice caves, good food, nobody else together with thrill-seeking crew we had all the ingredients for an awesome adventure. And that's exactly what it turned into!

Special thanks for Movement Skis for this opportunity! Also thanks for the Movement crew, Dale McKnight, Larry, Matt, Brian & Tony! Hope to be back soon. Good times!

Wild mountains with beautiful ski lines

Our first basecamp the Mons Hut, 2370m

Already in the first evening we found a pretty cool playground
Ilir checking the South entrance

Hut life

Early start from the Lyell Hut

Another summit ridge

Ilir dropping in. 

Evening session above Mons Hut

There is something mystical about Ravens

Roch & Evarist cruising back to hut after good evening session

Mons Peak

East Face of Mons

Ilir showing the way

Good times! 


Stormy morning above Lyell Hut

Sun is always shining somewhere..

Exploring the "Wild West"

Brian & Tony

Afternoon session was the Lens Peak via East Face
We found a nice steepish couloir providing skiable access from the summit

On the summit ridge

Evarist dropping in

Ilir @Lens Peak

Roch on the Lens Peak East-Face
@Lyell Hut

Mount Forbes


Two different approaches to leave your signature on the mountain

Happy crew after some good riding! 

The famous "genital cave" above Icefall Lodge

@Icefall Lodge

Icefall Lodge

@Kicking Horse

All good trips end with several earned beers! 


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