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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Zupjok-Alpaca Traverse

A Christmas day tour traversing from Zupjok Peak to Alpaca Peak. This was a really nice tour in the sun, with spectacular views. Baldwin's definitely right about saving this one for a sunny day when the snow is more suited to touring than yo-yoing. Another great trip in the Coquihalla!

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After skiing along an old road for a kilometer and a bit, we climbed steep trees on the SW ridge of Zupjok, and gradually made it onto the broad summit.

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From the summit of Zupjok, it's a long gradual ascent up to Llama and finally Alpaca Peak, with some up and down along the way. It was pretty warm out, and the heavy snow made travel a bit slower.

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Wind swept ridge

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Paul demonstrating snow plow technique in the highly variable wind swept terrain along the ridge. We didn't bother taking off our skins since the descent wasn't very long.

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Justin traversing along the ridge, towards Llama Peak. I really like the light and shadows in this photo.

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Paul skiing up, with a sub-peak of Zupjok behind him.

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Justin, and the Anderson River range.

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Some awesome granite domes. The Anderson River Range. The Anderson River Range. Steinbok, Ibex, Les Cornes, Chamois


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Sunny touring

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Bluebird

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Looking towards Vicuna Peak. A few of us scrambled up the other side earlier in the fall.

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Justin at the summit of Alpaca.

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Evening light. This was at 2:30pm, it sure gets dark fast.

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Group shot. We were a little bit concerned about time, since we really didn't want to ski down the icy steep trees in the dark.

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A go go go kind of day.

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On the way home, still a long ways to go. A few more up and downs to go.

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Evening glow on Yak.
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The highway below

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Justin skiing down from Zupjok, after having done the traverse to Alpaca on Christmas day. It was a race against the sunset to make it through the steep trees in the light.

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Justin sideslipping down the icy trees. This was actually alot better than snowplowing the mashed potatoes higher up.

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Back at the cars in the dark, it must be December.

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2 comments:

  1. Nice blog Rich! It provides a fast way to scroll through your best pictures. - Krystil

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  2. Thanks Krystil, that was basically the idea of setting up the blog, and making it so non-vocers can read the same trip reports that I put on the VOC message board

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