While this ranks definitely in the low range for ski quality, it's always a beautiful tour
to get into the Sheol Valley and exit out of Surprise Pass.


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The start of another awesome adventure with Andrew. This time from the Lake Louise parking lot.


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Turning towards the objective, there's a neat sign here that Andrew captured.


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A couple of small slide paths on Fairview Mountain as we made our way up to the Saddleback Col.


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Looking back at Andrew on the skin track, the peaks to the north of Lake Louise resort were lit up
in the morning sunshine.


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As we climbed up to the plateau at the pass, the trees change into more larch and less spruce, and
we continued to have gorgeous views into the Bow River Valley.


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Skinning up a pretty solid base. I didn't feel like I actually set an uptrack all day.


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Looking back to Lake Louise ski resort. Shorter lines on this side of the valley!


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Nice shot looking out to Lake Louise ski resort.


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Looking up at the monster Mt Temple with Sheol Mountain in the foreground (the big rock triangle).


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Cool shot of Mt Temple as we're having lunch.


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Cool panorama of our lunch spot.


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Lunch spot in the larches getting fueled up.


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This is where we're heading, up the valley to Surprise Pass. I was pretty sure it would be wind-hammered
through here, but we thought we'd try anyway as we both had a work window and a weather window to try.


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Heading across a pretty solid slide path. The upside of boiler plate snow is that there's little avalanche
danger on this day.


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It's hard to tell but basically Andrew is making 0cm penetration into the snow on the boilerplate snow.


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Cool shot of Sheol Mountain with Mt Temple's north glacier visible behind it.


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Looking back across the moraines after fighting a side hilling slope with zero grip.


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Pretty appropriately called sastrugi, or boiler plate awful snow.


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First look of the day at Aberdeen glacier.


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Side hilling up to gain a spot to put our crampons on.


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We elected to put crampons on at the base of the couloir since it looked pretty solid.


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This is the Aberdeen Glacier apparently - I've been calling it the Sheol Glacier incorrectly for 10 years!


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Can you tell it was blowing a bit here? The skis felt more like sails than skis.

Video of using crampons on the couloir



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Andrew at the top of Surprise Pass, ready to conquer!

Looking around from the top of Surprise Pass



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Where we're heading on this day. It's usually one of the nicest runs in the Rockies (although not when it's
this wind-hammered).


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Crampons on, looking back at the Aberdeen glacier.


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On top of Surprise Pass. Not much of a platform here, but we used it.


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Andrew and I at the top of Surprise Pass.

Looking around from Surprise Pass



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Andrew, just before dropping into the top of the couloir.


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Fighting the snow. It was't amazing for sure.

Andrew survival skiing on tough snow



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Yikes - it's rock hard snow!

Me skiing, kind of, on Surprise Pass



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The bottom 20m of this run was the only soft turns we had on this day.


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Andrew looking back down valley.


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And back up at the run.


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Louise Falls.


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Andrew had the bright idea of just using a bit of grip wax and we made quick time across the lake for
the finish and a parking lot beer. Great day, even if the skiing wasn't amazing.

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