Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spray Traverse

A few days ago, on April 23rd, Raphael and myself took advantage of the good weather and stability to complete the traverse from Burstall to Tent Ridge. A welcome change from skiing the steeps and a fine day in the mountains close to home with fantastic vistas and serious terrain.On the top of Commonwealth Col after our first climb, the remote Royal Group behind.

Still some nice powder on our first decent down into Commonwealth Creek.
Steep, southfacing climb below the Fist, reminds me on my home turf in the Dolomites. No Rifugios with Cappucino's and grappa's on the way though, on the other hand we did not run into any other people.
Just before the summit of Repeater Mountain, with the stunning north couloir of Commonwealth Peak in the back ground and French Mountain further back on the left. 2 days later I would be there, combining it with the Chute you can see in belows picture bottom left. You can also see the overhanging south face of the Fist in profile, shouldn't there be some rock routes?
The best run of the day was after our third climb, down the north side of Repeater Ridge.

Raph on the last hill of this 2000m vertical day, pointing back to all the terrain we've covered.
Last run of the day off the top of Tent Ridge, with the south face of Mt. Turbulent behind and Spray lakes below.

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