Sunday, September 14, 2008

Craigieburn Traverse

Had a great day yesterday traversing from Craigieburn Valley to Porters. It was icy and firm down low, with a dusting of new snow up high until the day heated up and things softened. Travel was easy going and the cool NW breeze kept it from getting too hot.
Above is a map showing our route over the Craigieburn Range. Sorry it's a bit small. Duncan, Jane and Kath during the first climb towards Hamilton Peak
Duncan skiing off Hamiltion Peak with Enys in the distance
Me climbing towards the top of Yukon's Bowl
Jane and Kath climbing out of the Ryton Valley
Duncan, Jane and Kath on the ridge between Mt Cheeseman and Mt Izard, Mt Cheeseman in the background.
Kath skiing off Mt Izard
The crew on the top of Mt Enys

Jane watching on as Duncan and Kath ski off Enys

All up it we climbed 2495 vertical meters, skied 2420m, made up of 12 laps and took 7hr27mins. The break down- Base of CV-1265m- 7:28am Hamilton Peak-1922m-8:40am Nervous Knob- 1820m- 8:54am Top Yukon's Bowl-1884m- 9:23am Mt Cockayne- 1874m- 10:05am Mt Cheeseman- 2031m- 10:27am Mt Izard- 2019m- 11:45am Mt Cloudsey- 2107m- 12:37am Mt Enys- 2194m- 1:29pm Uli's Roll- 1997m- 2:39pm Bottom Porters- 1300m- 2:54pm

I'd love to take my race gear out on this trip, maybe start from Grasmere and do some more skiing along the way some time. Maybe during the week if the weather is good?

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"The skier who forsakes the lifts to climb under his own power to a mountain summit is a very different person from the downhill only piste basher and is often regarded by the latter as something of a curiosity.
But he was the creator of the sport; and possibly with him lies the future"
-Robin Fedden, The book of Europen Skiing, 1966
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