A freaking trip to the land of the freaking lines. :drool:
After seeing Lucky’s Freaking Lines FTO’s Trip Report a few years ago and speaking to him; this trip was definitely in the cards.
With the long weekend in May coming up, Lucky got the ball rolling, lining up his skiing buddies:
Pete The Pete from Trois-Rivières, buddy on his last two expeditions to Terrace BC.
Éric from Laval, skiing friend dating back to High School and partner to last season trips to MSA, Sunday, Bush and Tuck.
Madpat from Ottawa, ski team days, powder days or late season trips.
“ALL IN” for this trip.
There are no fancy amenities on trips like these. It’s all about the skiing and you need to work hard, drive long hours, hike, skin and even bushwhack to get the freaking lines.
There are a few things that sucked during this trip.
The skiing (being in the East 😆 ), the views, the weather, the parties, the beer, the food, the lack of sleep, the gnarly steeps, the locals, the company, the moose shit, the bushwhacking from hell, camping in the rain or sleeping in a tent below freezing and the company… it was great!!!
Lucky, where do we sign up for next year’s trip???
FRIDAY – DAY 1
After a long drive in a powerful windstorm, we crashed into what seemed to be the only open Motel in this sleepy coastal town at 1am. It was pricey for out-of-season, even if the guy behind the counter said he gave us a deal.
Woke out at 6:30 am, eat breakfast in the room after finding out that even at that price, the breakfast wasn’t included. I guess that is why it was called the “Monaco”.
Looking at the forecast and TV for the last time. A great deal of rain had fallen overnight, the wind is still blowing hard. Temps outside is around 4c, so it would definitely be colder in the mountains. The forecast temps around +8c with cloud cover, not a great prospect for a great day. 😦
So we drive, look around and get to the end of this old road. This is where we see the lines that Lucky has in mind. We noticed a few lines to choose from, but Lucky has the “Couloir en S” in mind. Man, pretty cold for mid-May, clouds, I decide to put on my winter pants, what are the surfaces going to be like? Are they going to soften up? 8-[
We start off at 9:30am and try to find a way to get to the bottom of the Bowl, first we need to negotiate around a stream and then we put on the skis and skin through the forest.
It’s not Tuckerman. At the bottom of the bowl, we are alone. I start bootpacking while Lucky is still skinning higher. I start eating before the climbing in the couloir, Lucky starts off right away. The route that were eyeing has definitely a tight choke. After seeing that Lucky isn’t coming down, I start my own climb, the sun is coming out and I realized that I didn’t put any sunscreen. The surface is soft, but get a bit thin crust of ice toward the top.
Lucky eat on the plateau on top, the wind is blowing hard. Great views of the surrounding. From up high, we notice a second car is park next to ours.
Luc is the first one down, ice crust particles fly uphill and hit me in the face while I’m taking pictures. This is a long steep descent, the snow is great. We waited for each other before turning towards the choke. As we get to the bottom, we see someone else at the bottom of the bowl.
Vincent is at his first visit here. He rented the AT equipment in Montreal and was only passing through. He wanted to hire a guide, however the guide wasn’t available, so he showed up alone. We brought him around on a second climb. We choose to climb a different couloir. At one point, Lucky asks him if he’s okay with the steep terrain. The couloir didn’t go as high and the snow was iffy in around bushes near the top. We continued along the ridge back to the same spot as top of the couloir we did on our first run.
As we headed toward that spot, Vincent and I noticed a small caribou bone with very little meat left on it. Lucky never noticed, we was just climbing too fast.
Second, still great. Vincent and Lucky climb part of the other couloir, I decide to rest up. I was amazed that I was actually here after being sick earlier in the week. I was just happy.
We skied down through the woods all the way to the road. Opened a few beers and savoured our day.
Mines Madeleine : 15 mai 2009
TO BE CONTINUED…
Originally posted on Sun May 24, 2009 10:01 am on firsttracksonline