Graham, Louis, and I have all wanted to ski the Town Gully (Canmore Couloir)
for years. Finally, this season it was in shape and we went for it. Thanks to both
Louis and Graham for agreeing to join, and also for the photos below.


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Louis with his ski kit, ready for a quick run up Ha Ling trail. Parking at Ha Ling and doing a car shuttle
from the dog park is totally the right answer here.


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Graham is also jacked about knocking this ski off the tick list.


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The boys on the uptrack with Graham looking like a jabrone with his chain and open shirt. Just need some
greasy black chest hair buddy and you can move to Sicily.


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Graham and Lou with Ha Ling above Graham.


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Once you finally break out of the trees on the Ha Ling trail, the views around the Spray Valley are pretty good.
I wore crampons on this outing for the uptrack, although Graham swears he was lighter due to having none.


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Once the ridge becomes obvious, you exit right from the Ha Ling Trail and hike up towards the entrance to the gully.


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It was about this point that it turned back into winter again from what felt like a pretty warm morning.


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Louis making the last steps up with Ha Ling and Rundle visible behind him.


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Louis and Graham on the wind-hammered corner.


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Crossing the rock field before the drop in.


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The cool attraction to Town Gully is its extremely quick uptrack, and proximity to the town of Canmore.
You can basically see the town from the top of the gully, which is neat.


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Graham and Lou with the rock wall above them before we dropped in.


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Graham and I at the top of Town Gully.


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Louis looking down the more aggressive entrance into the couloir. With better snow, that would definitely
be the money shot.


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Louis and I looking down at our run to come. What's cool about this tour is that you wind up gaining almost
an extra 300 m of elevation by the virtue of simply driving up the Spray Lakes road before hopping onto the snow.
What's less cool is that the snow quality was variable and the exit is 'sporty'.


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At the top of Town Gully.


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In the gut. You can see why you wouldn't want to be in here with challenging avalanche conditions.


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A look back up the Gully.

Video of Louis on pitch 1


Video of Graham on pitch 1



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Louis looking down at the town of Canmore with the fan below him.


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Graham and I above the fan.

Skiing down the fan



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Cliff 1 on the descent is not skiable (visible above Louis), so you need to exit far right and bone pick your way
down the slope instead. While there were tracks going into it, I don't think they chose to drop this thing.


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Cliff 2 was basically a short jump, or a slide on your bum.


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Cliff 3 on the other hand needed either a rope or big balls to cover it.


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A look at cliff band 3 as I'm getting ready to toss my skis and jump down the little cliff.


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The more aggressive aspect of cliff 3. Thanks to whoever left a fixed line here. It made the descent a lot more
palatable. I had a rope and harness and gear with me, but am always happier to leave it in the bag.


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Getting ready to drop down cliff 3.


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On rope.

Video of Graham on cliff 3



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Louis says 'no problem boys'.


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Louis tossing his $1000+ ski touring kit off a cliff. Forget you Town Gully!

Video of the toss



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The exit to the dog park, which I think is hilarious as Louis passes some dog walkers on the trail.
A note for later attempts here is to NOT ski below the Highline trail and instead ride the banks all
the way to the power lines.


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Louis skiing across the dog park.


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Graham with Mount Rundle says 'Whoop whoop'!


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The boys with a selfie and the Town Gully behind us.

It's clear that this route isn't for the faint of heart. Here is the GPS track and data from the
outing with the boys HERE .


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A look at the tour from Google Earth


Boston photos


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Some nice photos of a run I did around Boston in late March.


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The run goes along a nice breakwater and while it was chilly, it was clear with no rain.


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Looking out at the Atlantic.

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