Burstall Pass Peak Sat Jan 23/2010

I had trouble motivating myself to do Burstall pass yet again given the low cloud and snow in Calgary but I needed to get out and do something so I joined up with a group of young friends on a last minute whim.  The weather cleared up and was calmer than any time I have been there.  Felt like we stole a day.  Good little adventure with some great people.  About 1000 m gain and 20 km RT.  Some good turns in boot top snow on hard base on the RH gully/ramp exit SE off the main South most peak.  The avi conditions were stable so we skirted along the base of the steep slopes on the lower bench and back to the pass.  From the pass we dropped in to the left to ski the best treed runs in some very good powder. 

I was not expecting good photo conditions so had not checked my camera and the battery died so no pictures so I was glad Vern showed up.  The setting and light conditions were great but Vern’s artistic talent adds a lot to the pictures.

Vern’s Burstall Pictures

Full screen slideshow for maximum appreciation .

About Bill Kerr

Weekend climber, scrambler and backcountry skier from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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