These are some photos from the Mo Gala in Calgary, from my ski mountaineering race
at COP, and my AST2 course in Roger's Pass in December 2012

The Mo Gala in Calgary


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Here's my buddy Murray with a big Harley and a sweet stash.


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This guy and his stash seem to fit on the bike.


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This guy totally stepped up the 'Creep' with his John Waters stash. I like the Nikki Minaj costume too.


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Yes, I am a bad ass.

Ski Mo race - Vert 180


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So, my sister's friend Aimee's husband Brad convinced me to try out this race. He's a member of
the Canadian ski-mo team, so I figured I had an advantage. This is the start and finish area.


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The course was basically just laps up COP and back down with no boot-packing, and no packs needed.
We wound up winning our division (due to Brad's speed) and we each won a pack from MEC.

AST 2 in Roger's Pass


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Louis and I decided to take the AST2 course through the U of C since they were hosting it at Roger's Pass.
Since both Louis and I feel a bit intimidated by Roger's Pass, this was a good intro to the area, while
getting deeper into avalanche assessment as well. Here is our guide Jamie White telling us a few things
on the approach up Connaught Creek.


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This is the bridge going across Connaught Creek near the Roger's Pass trailhead. I just thought it was
cool.


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Here is our new ski buddy Graham showing his excitement with how quickly you can skin up into decent
terrain in Roger's Pass.


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Our first day involved a few hundred metres of vertical up Grizzly Shoulder. Once we got to our high
point, we dug into the snow to look for layers. We had started the day with a lot of multiple burial
scenarios and playing around with beacons, shovels, and probes.


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Here's a great shot of Graham just after he took a big header near a tree well.


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Day 2 took us back up the Connaught and across Grizzly Shoulder with the goal of making it across to
the little Sifton traverse. This is the view up some of the drainage looking across the valley.


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Our uptrack heading up Grizzly Shoulder.


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We had really interesting light on this day and we were able to get the occasional view. Here's Louis
(in yellow) enjoying the day.


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Other than the big water drop on my lens, this is a cool shot of Louis along with a view across to
Mt Sir Donald. Nice spot for lunch.


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As we finally climbed the last of the elevation off Grizzly Shoulder, we decided to follow this cliff
band and gain the ridge top. I thought this area was really cool with all of the rock outcroppings.
I'm playing the role of tail-gunner on this day.


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A look at Rob as we got closer to the mini-crux.


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A cool shot of Rob looking back at the way we had come up.


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Here Graham is showing his excitement at the nicest place he's taken a pee in awhile.


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Graham, with a view to the south into the Asulkun area.


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Louis thinks ski-touring is excellent.


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This was my first trip with my new Venta SV soft shell and I really liked it.


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Louis and I enjoying our outing. While we didn't make the little Sifton traverse, we still really
enjoyed the ski tour.


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The two split-boarders (Dwayne and Leslie) in our course group at our high point for the day.


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We slowly made our descent down towards the pass. Here Louis and Graham are enjoying a nice view.

Video of the great powder snow



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Our last day, we elected to head up KMHR and drop over the backside to have a look at the snowpack in
a totally different area. We found some facets and interesting layers, but overall, we were satisfied
that the snow was safe.


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Louis and Graham are very pleased with their extended column test.

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