Friday, May 30, 2014

Alpine Tip #12 - Liquid Intake

Alpine Tip #12 - Liquid Intake

On the day before the trip consume your food in liquid or semi-liquid form. Avoid low-calories food that takes time to digest such as apples, meat, etc.

In doing so you will avoid keeping unnecessary undigested items in your system, keeping your body weight in check. When your pack is 45lb and you are going 1.5 km vertical, every extra ounce counts!

Your body will get well hydrated too. Protein drinks, milk, yogurt, soups, 豆腐,麦片粥 - all will be good.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Alpine Tip 22 - How to keep feet dry in spring snow

In spring, the boots are quick to get wet from meting snow. There is no such thing as waterproof boots, given enough time, all boots get wet.

To protect boots from snow, wrap them in plastic bag, so the snow will slide off and not melt on the boot surface. Obviously, gaiters are of little use for this.

Friday, April 11, 2014

0C Sleeping Bag with 4x Zippo warmers : good for as low as -6C

Spent night at -3C with 4x Zippo warmers - acceptable
Woolen socks + booties
Middle layer + convertible pants (no gortex pants)
Gortex Jacket on top of Fleece. : no down jacket

Places 2 zippo in the back pockets of the pants + 2 more in the fleece jacket pockets

Wearing Gore-Tex  pants will do it as low as -6C

Monday, April 7, 2014

BCMC Trail + Dam + Thunderbird Ridge

Fantastic half-day hike.

Distance: 8.7km
Elev.gain:  1,278 m
Elev. drop: 500m

Date: 04/06/2014
Time: 4h15m
Snow surface: -0.2C
Soft snow, lots of snow moving on the south side of Goat
Warm day, cloudy, fog

View BCMC - Dam - Thunderbird in a larger map

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Crown N1

Climbed Crown N1 (= Godmother Peak) via South Ridge from Spindle Peak col. NTD except short steep and partially exposed step right at the col. Very stable but warm and wet snow later in the day was source of concern. Nothing moved though as it seems all snow avalanche violence occurred the day before. Fantastic views from the summit and great outing.

Start elevation: 1,070 m
Summit elevation: 1,408 m
Distance, return: 12.4 km
Elevation Gain: 2,024 m
*this route is not in any books, nor can be found by search engines. Previous attempt, almost exactly 1 year ago from different start location here:

Snow temp: -0.2C
Time, round trip: 11h33m 

Trip Report Here:

Slide Show:


Monday, March 10, 2014

Mount Harvey (1,652m)

Sunday 2014 Mar-09

Time, to summit: 3H06m
Time, return: 3H10m
Air Temp @ summit: 2.4C
Snow Surface Temp @ summit: -0.1C
Crampons on @ 950 m
Snowshoes on @ 1,183 m

Distance: 2 x 5.20 km
Start Elevation: 245m
Summit Elevation: 1,656 m
Elevation Gain: 1,485 m

Forecast was 97% of horrible 100mm rain warning.
Instead, the other 3% happened: blue skies + fresh white snow + 0 wind.