Shades of Beauty

I’d wandered out to Shades of Beauty (3 pitches up to WI4) a few weeks earlier and it had been one of the few objectives in good condition early season, but I’d only lapped the first pitch, so Paul, Nando and I decided to go take another crack and see if we couldn’t get up the whole thing. Kyle and Jenny (of Jenny’s Mountain Adventures) decided to tag along as an independent rope team.

Shades of Beauty

How to pay a helicopter to drop you off some place really inconvenient and then spend 9 days trying to get back to your car

The Bugaboo to Rogers Pass Traverse is a classic. A tough, technical traverse with some incredible skiing along the way.

How to pay a helicopter to drop you off some place really inconvenient and then spend 9 days trying to get back to your car

Abject Failure and Grouse Attacks

A day where everything went wrong and we were met with total failure. The saving grace? No one got hurt. We laughed ourselves silly, walked away through a combination of luck, good decisions and meagre grouse defence skills and we still got to climb some great routes at a great crag with some great people. It might have been a day of abject failure, but as failure goes, this was pretty good.

Abject Failure and Grouse Attacks

Garibaldi Neve Traverse - A Coastal Classic

So, a week after doing the Spearhead Traverse I flew back to Vancouver to do a repeat crossing of a favourite weekend trip of mine - the Garibaldi Neve Traverse. This time though, instead of a four day weekend, Christine and I had one of those annoying 'regular' weekends with only two days in which to cover 38km and 1900m of elevation gain.

Garibaldi Neve Traverse - A Coastal Classic