Some photos and video from Dave and Graham and I's tour up Hero's Knob.
Given that the avy forecast was quite low, we decided to take a tour up the Hero's Knob loop,
a tour that neither Dave nor I had done before. Here is our intrepid leader Graham, showing us
the way before the sun comes up.
Graham loves a good tree thrash and after pulling us through some interesting paths, Dave found
a bit of snow. Here he is with his heated mitts giving the day the thumbs up.
Since this was our first look into this area, we were pretty jacked to get the visibility and
no wind, even with a bit of cold. Graham is showing us the headwall we're climbing up to.
A little bit of ice flow visible on Hero's Knob.
I thought this little poke under the cliff band was aesthetic and pretty.
Video of a look around after clearing the steep bit
Dave looking back at a neat line that I don't think ever gets skied from Purple Knob.
As the sun started getting above the horizon, it brightened up the day a bunch.
We all thought that this looks to be where the Grinch lives, which was fitting for the time of year.
Looking down into the north pass where we'll take the loop. The peak in the centre right is Mt
Murray and the left one is part of Mt French.
Dave and Graham just before we dropped into this little bowl. Sadly, the slope isn't quite steep
enough for the deeper powder, and the snow was a bit grippy with the ~-20 deg C air temp.
But it's still a beautiful spot. This is looking back at the Purple Knob as well as
Mt Black Prince.
Video of Graham in the powder
Video of Dave enjoying a short run
The climber's right side out of the bowl seems to be too steep, but once you get up on it,
it's probably the safest uptrack I've been on. Here you see our tracks dropping into the bowl.
From the summit of Hero's Knob, you can drop on this slope and get a great run to the bottom of
the creek side. However, it's a bit of a pinch, so the snow conditions need to be deeper and stable.
A cool look at the pass we jump over to complete the loop. I think the steeper left side of this
would ski pretty well even if it's not super long.
The boys climbing up the last of the ridge uptrack.
Video of Dave on Hero's Knob
Video of Graham on Hero's Knob
Looking back at the best little ski run in the valley.
Back at the car before 1pm, so a pretty solid outing. You can tell by Graham's downy on the
way down that it was a cooler day. Nice snow and good buddies.
See the GPS track and our travel HERE . Details are 12.1 km, 950m up, 4 hr 45 mins