Reminiscing the Canadian Selkirks and Canuck Splitfest 2012

The following is a play by play explanation of a trip out to Rogers Pass for the Canuck Splitfest and celebrating the 50th birthday of my good friend Tex. In typical Splitboard fashion we rode big untracked lines day after day.

Friday through Sunday the Rogers Pass visitor center was buzzing with activity as the Cannuck Splitboard festival was going on for the next 3 days. I had a great time presenting both Sweetgrassses Solitaire and a 15 minute documentary I filmed with Crest Productions called Freerider, not to mention riding with a 100 individuals who shared my passion. Conditions were great with over a foot of fresh snow and mild temperatures which allowed us to reach alpine and explore the vast terrain that encompassed us. By the end of the weekend I found myself wanting more and decided to stay a few additional days when the pin point forecast showed rain for the forecast in the Washington Cascades.

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A few friends were going to be staying and exploring and I decided to tag along.

Monday morning the visitors center was vacant as we packed up for a overnight trip to the Asulkin Hut, a amazing shelter built at the base of alpine surrounded by glaciers and big peaks. It was our friend Rays 50th birthday which coincided with a full moon so we felt there couldn’t be a better place for such a monumental day in his life. After 7 miles of skinning under dark gray clouds we finally reached the hut which protected us from the howling winds and made plans to take advantage of potential clearing in the late evening and ride powder under the light of a full moon. Well the moment we made the plans we cursed ourselves because when the clouds did part it was only for a few minutes and we never got to take those runs. The next day we lapped low angle trees in fear of avalanche conditions and made our way back to the Rogers Pass visitors center were both Mike and I said goodbye to Ray and rested in anticipation of a promising forecast.

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Wednesday dawned bluebird as we put on our skins and started hiking towards a peak referred to as Video. We had heard nothing but good things about the area and we were drooling at the thought of seeing the Selkirks from a summit. It took a lot of work as we took turns breaking trail until finally reaching the top and the views were jaw dropping. The terrain around us was limitless and could be considered similar to some parts of the alps with 2000 foot couloirs followed by 4000 foot avi swaths that took you directly to the road. We took two laps on Video with a local who informed us “Conditions like these only happen 10 days out of a season”. By the end of the day our legs were worked, skinning 6500 vertical feet in total.

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Thursday we went for the SW face of Cheops under high clouds. We intended for the day to be short so we could catch a greyhound buss from Rogers Pass at 5:30 p.m. so we started around 7:30 A.M. We kept a brisk pace finally reaching our high point of about 10 feet under the summit ridge stopping only because we were wallowing in chest deep snow. The run was a breathtaking 5000 vert of untracked powder all the way back down to the road where we unintentionally had to hike 7 miles back up and over Rogers Pass to the visitors center nearly minutes before the bus arrived.

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Then back to Cascadia for the storm of the year

Adventures in Europa

Europe has always seemed like a pipe dream, something so far away and way too expensive to ever seem possible. It was with great surprise and excitement that I found out that a project I had worked on with Crest Pictures and Friends, Freerider was chosen to be a part of the FreeRide Film Festival. With word of this I had tickets to go to Saint Lary, France to attend and another two weeks to check out the Alps.

The plane landed in Paris, France as the morning sun crested over the horizon for the next 48 hours I would take a whirlwind tour seeing touristy areas like the Luv, Effiel Tower and the Notre Dame before heading to the South of France. Once in the small country town of Saint Lary which is nestled in the Pyranees mountains I tried new foods, saw different films and celebrated a culture I have been fortunate to be a part of. It was a honor to have our film along side big budget films like All.I.Can, This is my Winter and Art of Flight.

With a train ticket in hand I decided to head east to Chamonix just as a front was approaching, that night I watched an almost full moon illuminate over towns before I made it to my resting point the Geneva Airport where I would take a bus to Cham the next day. Once I made it to Chamonix it was nuking snow and the drought they had been experiencing was officially over. I stayed with a Cham legend named Gary Bigham who was filled with stories of the valley and introducing people like Glen Plake to the mountains he called home. By my second day there the weather had warmed up and it started raining at the resort. There was a moment that I loaded a 75 person tram with 4 other people and decided I needed to head further east for colder weather and to meet up with a old friend.

I was able to hitch a ride with Caroline George, another First Ascent athlete over a pass and into Switzerland where I boarded a train and made my way to Bad Ragaz. While in Switzerland I checked out Davos and partied with my friend Guy Newman having a blast in one of the most expensive places in the world. The forecasts were looking optimistic so we decided to head further East to meet up with Lea and Lorenzo in Innsbruck, Austria and ski Saint Anton Am Alburg.

Our first day at Saint Anton was amazing with over 50cms of new snow and no competition for fresh tracks as we rode bell to bell, while I couldn’t see the terrain it was powder. That night we said goodbye to Guy and Lea and Lorenzo showed me around the streets on Innsbruck before getting some rest in preparation for another long day at the resort.

The next day we watched the sunrise and Lorenzo and I said goodbye to Lea and heading West on the Auto bond to Saint Anton. The conditions were great and before we knew it the clouds had lifted. I was stoked we had bluebird and powder conditions. It was one of the best resort days of my life and I owe a huge thanks to Lorenzo for showing me around before saying goodbye and hoping on a train to the Geneva Airport.

The storm had hit hard and the Airport was filled with travelers carrying snowboard and ski bags and here I was leaving for Oslo, Norway.

My last day of travel was a whirlwind day in Oslo with friend and local Arild where I tried local food, hiked the trails and checked out the bustling city.

The trip was only 3 weeks long but I was able to experience so much and I owe many thanks.

Thank You

Kathy and Robert Christensen, All my peeps at Eddie Bauer, Bruno Delay, Guy Newman, Lorenzo, Lea Hart, Gary Bigham, Blitz, Arild and everyone else who made this a possibility.

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Volcanoes of the Cascade Range

  1. Mt. Baker via the Squak Glacier
  2. Glacier Peak via the Cool Glacier Headwall
  3. Mt Rainier x2, via the Gibraltar Chute and via Fuhrer Thumb
  4. Old Snowy/ Goat Rocks via the Northwest face
  5. Mt. Saint Helens via the Worm Flows
  6. Mt. Adams via The Mazama Glacier
  7. Mt. Hood via the Wyeast face
  8. Mt. Jefferson via the Whitewater and Jefferson Park Glaciers
  9. Three Fingered Jack via the Northeast Bowl
  10. Mt Washington Northern Ridge and circumnavigation
  11. The North Sister via The Early Morning Colouir
  12. Middle Sister via the Southwest Ridge
  13. South Sister via the Prouty Glacier Headwall
  14. Broken Top via the Eastern Rim
  15. Mt. Bachelor via the Eastern Face
  16. Diamond Peak via the Northern face
  17. Mt. Bailey via the Western face
  18. Mt. Thielsen via the Western Face
  19. Mt. Mazama (Crater Lake) via Mt. Hillman
  20. Mt. Scott via the Southeastern, Eastern, and Western Faces
  21. Mt. Yamsay via the Northen Face
  22. Mt. McLoughlin via the Northeast Face
  23. Mt. Shasta via the Konwakiton Glacier
  24. Shastina via the Cascade Gulch
  25. Mt. Lassen via the Northeastern and Western Faces

Mt. Baker National Forest

North Cascades
North Twin Sister
Mt Ruth
Mt Shuksan via Sulphite Glacier and White Salmon Glacier
Bakers and Shuksan back to back
Mt. Baker
Squak Glacier
Easton Glacier
Coleman Glacier

North Cascades East Side

North Cascades East Side

SilverStar
Abernathy
Mt. Robinson
Black and Frisco Peaks
Blue Lake Cirque in December
Blue Lake Cirque in November* Written by Scott Stugelmeyer
Birthday Tour
Crater Mountain

North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park represents #223

North Cascades National Park represents #223

North Cascades National Park
Johanasburg
Sahale
Mt Buckner
Partial Picketts Traverse
Eldarado, Marble Needle, Dorado Needle and Klawatti
Magic S Loop
Goode via the South Face
Goode via the NE Couloir
Logan Via Douglas Creek
Logan Via North Fork Bridge Creek
The Pickets Traverse
Jack Mountain

Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Alpine Lake Wilderness represents #825

Alpine Lake Wilderness represents #825

Alpine Lake Wilderness

Snoqualime Pass
Red & Lundin Mountains
Snoqualmie Pass Traverse Chair, Kaleetan and Granite Peaks
Slot Col
Kendall Stumps* Written by Scott Stugelmeyer
Alpine Lake Traverse
Little Chiwaukum, Chiwaukum Range
Traverse of the Chiwaukums
Cannon Mountain
Mt Stuart via the Sherpa Glacier Couloir
Mt. Stuart via the Ulrich Couloir
Dragon Tail Peak

Glacier Peak Wilderness

Cascadia

Glacier Peak Wilderness is represented in squares 826 and 827

Central North Cascades

Glacier Peak Area

Glacier Peak, Cool Glacier Headwall via the DaKobeds
Glacier Peak, Sitkum to Cool via The North Fork of the Sauk
The Abandoned Traverse of Glacier Peak north to south
Glacier Peak via the Chocolate Glacier Headwall
White Horse
Spire Peak

Mt. Pugh
Kyes Peak
Circumnavigation of Columbia
Ten Peak and a Dakobed Circumnavigation.
Bandit via the Black Hole Couloir
Fernow via Infernow Couloir
Bonanza via Mary Green Headwall
Maude via the North face
Seven Finger Jack via Leroy Basin
Seven Finger Jack via the Jacked Couloir
The Big Copper Circuit
Cardinal Peak in the Entiats

Crystal Mountain Backcountry

Crystal Mountain North
Corral Pass
Valley of the Titians
Norse Peak and Big Crow Basin
Norse Peak, Feb 05
Lake Basin
Cement Basin
East Peak, feb 07
Crystal Preopening 04

Crystal Mountain South
3 Way, Joes Bad Ass Shoulder, Dog Legg, Pickhandle, Bullions and East Peaks
Silver Basin Traverse
Dog Legged Bowl, Feb 05
Dog Legged Bowl, Dec 08
Stormtrooper
Pickhandle Point, South Face
The Big One
Crown Point* Written by Scott Stugelmeyer
Crown Point, South face
Crystal Peak, Y col and Big Bertha
Peak 6706 and 3 way peak
Smoka Peak
Smoka Peak and a Southback Circumference
Chinook Pass, 1 in 10 ridge and Smoka
Cayuse Pass to Crystal via Naches, Yakima, Deadwood, Smoka, Sourdough and Dog Legged Peaks
Necture bowl & Chutes and a ridge too far
Mt. Aix
Old Snowy, Goat Rocks

Mount Rainier National Park

Rainier National Park represents 217

Rainier National Park represents 217

Mt. Rainier National Park–Northside
Fay and Pleasant Peaks in April
Flett Glacier Pow in October
Flett Glacier headwall in march
September Turns on the Flett* Written by Scott Stugelmeyer
Mt. Fremont
Fremont and the Burroughs Traverse Gone Bad
Third Burrough and the Interglacier
Interglacier and Mt. Ruth
Emmons Glacier
Glacier Basin and Yakima Peak
Ohanapecosh
Cowlitz Chimney and Sarvant Glacier

Mt. Rainier National Park–Southside
Gib Chute
Furher Thumb
Cowlitz Glacier and the Nisqually chute
Nisqually Chute
Nisqually Glacier
Muir October Dusting 04
Muir October Powder
Muir October Rain
Van Trump Park
Tatoosh
Castle Peak, Tatoosh Range

Traverses

Paradise to Crystal Mountain
The Osceola Traverse: Carbon River to White River
Paradise to the Carbon River
The Sourdough Traverse
The Fryingpan Loop

Summits
Emmons
Furher Finger
Furher Thumb
Success Glacier Couloir
Gib Chute