Congrats to Jeff and the whole crew at Baldface. The new lodge looks amazing!!
Drop your tailgate… TR
Have been hearing a lot of reports of ‘best day of the year’ from multiple geographic locations this week! The coast range got pummeled with over 215cm of snow last week, and then cracked open bluebird this weekend. For sure, the best conditions I have seen here in the last 10 years… TR
A brand new snowcat operation in Hokkaido Japan, started by our good friends Shoji Matsumoto and Yuske Hirota.
This trailer has been posted around for awhile. The production quality is soo sick, if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor, and take a few minutes now… TR
The L’Aiguille du Midi has been on my to-do list since about 1996. Hands down the most impressive tram engineering in the world. I honestly can’t imagine looking up at the peak, and thinking ‘yea, I think it’ll go’. The tram docks into a cave, with a near vertical ascent at the top. Snow conditions were less than ideal, but the weather was perfect.
Yuske-san just returned from leading a climb-and-ride of the NW ridge of Mount Waddington (4019m / 13,186 ft). One of the biggest challenges of Waddington is the remoteness of the location. The group flew in and glacier camped for 6 days. After multiple attempts, they finally bagged the peak by departing at 2a.m. and climbing for 13 hours on the ascent.
The group included Chikako Hyashi, Todd Sekine, and Shuichi Ozawa.
Mount Waddington is a special accomplishment in the Coast Range, due to both the technical difficulty and it’s location. They were very lucky for both the weather and the snow conditions! Upon return the crew camped out at FYi, before disbanding to head home.
In Canada that’s what we call ‘Gett’ner Done!’