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Yoho Traverse March 2013
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TOPIC: Yoho Traverse March 2013
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Yoho Traverse March 2013 5 Years, 7 Months ago  
I completed the Yoho traverse with Charlie and Heather last weekend with two deviations up Des Poilus and Presidents pass. I figured I would give a condition update as it is likely a popular option for the long weekend. The trip is 64 km from Bow Lake to the Little Yoho trail head. We spent one night on the Des Polius glacier where we found 3.1 m of snow at 2550 m and and temperatures that went as low as -25C for breakfast (Happy Birthday Charlie!). Travel was very good and should have only gotten better in the last week. Ski quality was pretty good, but I'd expect that to have gone down significantly on all aspects. The Presidents glacier which is high and sheltered was pretty crusty.

The route up Des Poilus was straight forward with most crevasses well covered/hidden and little overhead hazard on the right side of the bench. However, some of the slopes on the route could slide which did concern us and the entire route is south facing. The route took about 3 hours from camp to camp where we packed up and headed to Stanelly Mitchell via isolated col to meet up with Tyler's trip. It was a really fun way to celebrate Charlie's 28th birthday.

Isolated col is pretty exposed to the north cliffs off of Isolated. There are two significant slide paths, numerous rolls and only the odd area of safety. Snow stability seemed to have improved significantly from earlier in the week, so we headed up and over. We then met up with the Stanelly Mitchell group on the other side after their ascent of McAurthor (unplanned). We almost joined them for some turns, but didn't feel like repacking our overnight kit and headed to the hut instead to dry our gear and wet our appetite.

Went up Presidents pass for some turns in cruncher snow than expected before heading out. The ski out is fine if you know what to expect. Ken brought some blue kick wax which helped a lot. The 4 of us made the 22 km slog out in about 4.5 hours, which really isn't that bad considering Ken had sheared half the screws holding his binding to his ski (reason he came out with us).

Happy Turns
Matthew Breakey
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