Going for a look-around at Burstall Pass in a relatively low
snow year and trying to find some snow to ski.
Maria and Michael invited me to join them for a tour on the Smith-D. The conditions weren't amazing
as we've had two weeks of mostly rain and warm weather, so we elected for a low-risk tour into
the Burstall Pass area to poke around. The first thought was to go up the Comm/Pig's Tail col, but
you'll see why that was a bad idea. Here's what I think are lynx tracks within the skin track.
Pretty big paws considering the short throw of the strides.
Soooo, this is why we didn't go up Comm/Pig's Tail. Pretty barren-looking and not really worth
destroying skis over. This is also the start of the Spray Range Traverse - a tour I'd love to
actually finish some day.
Not a great look into the normal trail up Burstall Pass with the low cloud cover, but the right side
of Mt Birdwood and a lot of rocks are visible here.
Michael had a great suggestion as we were having some hot cocoa at the base of the lake and considering
options. He suggested a small tree triangle off the lower part of Pig's Tail below some slide debris.
After punching through some thicker trees, we gained a bench that basically fed right onto that
slope. However, after helping Maria navigate some of the steeper uptrack and roots/trees, Michael
managed to fall over and eat it, which I thought was hilarious.
Close-up of Michael in the trees with Maria visible giggling.
The lower left part of this slide path was our target to just get a few turns in. Above where the
skinny Christmas trees are would have been a more fun slope, but had already slid and was a mess
with rock-solid debris as the surface. This is the start of the Shark's Fin/Pig's Tail.
A nice look back towards the Robertson Glacier exit.
Video of Maria's first tour of the year
Looking back towards the Chester Lake area across the highway from our high point of the day.
A very cute photo of a very cute couple in front of Commonwealth Peak, K-country, AB.
Our tour is here in Garmin-land CONNECT .
You can see in the time data that I crushed the exit in ~35 mins from the edge of the lake.
Thanks to Graham for the 'one-skin' trick on mostly flat terrain. Too bad the optical HR didn't
pick up the crushing pace/speed I was working here.