Fourth attempt at this biatch!
On Saturday March 26, I was invited to join my buddy Al and his friends on another attempt at the traverse. My first three attempts were foiled by weather, avi conditions and poor trail finding abilities. So, when I was asked to join, I changed my weekend plans to accommodate the trip. My friend Cam came over at 5:30am, we loaded up the truck, picked up Al, drove to Shell by COP, filled up the truck, spilled some Gatorade and we were on our way out of town. We arrived at the Burstall Pass parking lot at 7:30am and departed for the French Glacier at 8:15am. The trail was in good condition with a good track-set so we made excellent time up French Creek. I had a personal vendetta against the high route through the trees, so while the rest proceeded to take the lower creek route, I went high. Finally found the right way to go, but it ended up linking with the lower creek route anyway, so not any faster than the lower one.
Anyway, we had a nice lunch break at the top of the moraine before getting on the glacier, watched two skiers ahead of us break trail, and after 15mins set after them since the chill was starting to set in.
The visibility got better and better, the temps got warmer and warmer and after a beauty 1000m vertical ski down the Robertson Glacier we popped out onto the Burstall Pass highway. A solid 45mins later, we were back in the parking lot and on route home via Hwy 40. It took us around 6.5 hours for the round trip which is pretty decent considering the large group of six we had. Fantastic day and finally got that pain-in-the-arse out of the way.
Thanks for the solid day gents!
Here is the rest of the few photos… Not stellar due to poor light and incompetence of the photographer who forgot what setting the camera was on. Doh.