|Andrew leading the way. The summit of Joffre is the furthest high point on the right|
|Fantastic sunburst shot displaying our breathtaking weather by Andrew Sullivan|
The route takes you from Keith's Hut up onto the Anniversary Glacier where you eventually gain the Col between Mattier and Joffre. The climb to the col is over 2,000 feet, and once reached you descend/traverse for a few hundred feet to get to the base of Aussie Couliur, our true ski objective for the day.
|Alice on the Anniversary Glacier nearing the Col|
|The Col - to our right Mt. Joffre. Photo by Alice Bremner.|
Aussie Couloir is a sight to behold. With over a thousand vertical feet of steep, skiable terrain, it truly is ski porn for the adventurous. But I don't need to wax philosophic about it, I'll just let the picture do the talking:
|Mmmm....Aussie Coulior (left). Skier at the bottom. Picture by Andrew Sullivan.|
We skinned as high as we could before stripping down to our base layers (it was HOT in the coulior, as is common on sunny days), removing our skins, fueling up with lots of trail mix, and beginning the boot pack to the top. Luckily the track was already laid in for us so trail breaking was not necessary - however unluckily for me, whoever laid in the track had LONG legs, and some of the steps were....challenging.... for the vertically inhibited (aka short people).
|A different group of 3 nearing the summit with us. Photo by Andrew Sullivan.|
|Alice coming up below. You can really see the steepness of the slope and size of the boot pack.|
Horizontal 1km = 1 unit
Vertical 100m = 1 unit
Total your units.
Divide by 4 for uphill travel, or by 10 for downhill travel.
Total remaining is time in hours. So 1.75 = 1 hour 45 minutes.
To ascent Aussie Coulior which was roughly 1,200ft UP (so virtually no horizontal travel), you have 4 units (1200' = roughly 400m), divided by 4 = 1 hour. So, over an hour of travel time was about right given the steepness of the slope and the fact that we kept rubbernecking to take in the fantastic views.
Speaking of - here are summit photos for your viewing pleasure:
|Black Diamond should use this in an ad. Looking south.|
|Looking north. Snow capped peaks as far as the eye can see.|
|Panoramic south-east-north. True Summit is at right. Photo by Andrew Sullivan.|
|Happy Ladies on the summit! Mt. Mattier is the point peak behind to the right.|
|It was so clear we could see Mt. Baker all the way in 'Merica!|