Mt Waddington Ski Expedition 2017

At 13,300 feet, Mount Waddington is the highest mountain in British Columbia. The Waddington Range is known in the climbing community for its great granite, endless number of routes, vast ski touring terrain and remote location - so remote that access becomes easy. We drive to a heli-port west of Williams Lake, B.C. and fly into the heart of the range with White Saddle Air.

May 5, 2017 - May 15, 2017

$2,800.00
Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System

Overall Difficulty Level: Very difficult

Skills Required:  Advanced skiing ability and prior ski touring experience 

Fitness Level: Very strenuous due to climbing and skitouring at high altitude with big overnight packs

  • Category: Ski
  • Type: Guided
  • Ratio: 3:1,6:2
At 13,300 feet, Mount Waddington is the highest mountain in British Columbia. The Waddington Range is known in the climbing community for its great granite, endless number of routes, vast ski touring terrain and remote location - so remote that access becomes easy. We drive to a heli-port west of Williams Lake, B.C. and fly into the heart of the range with White Saddle Air. Once there, we will establish a comfortable base camp on the Dais Glacier, which allows us to complete a number of beautiful ski tours and descents with light packs. The highlight of the trip wil be the descent of the West Summit of Mount Waddington.

Itinerary:
Day one:            
We will meet at White Saddle Air Base near Tatla Lake in the late afternoon. Quite often we end up driving to Tatla Lake from the Seattle area together. The drive takes pretty much all day. Once in White Saddle we will settle into the cozy B and B, organize our gear, have dinner and generally get ready for the next day.
Day two:           
A 30-minute flight will get us to our base camp area near Fury Gap on the Dais Glacier. This spot would have to be one of the most spectacular spots in the coastal mountains. The rest of the day is spent establishing camp and exploring possibilities for day tours. Cavalier Mountain is a great objective that can be accomplished on the first day.
Day two to four:            
Depending on conditions and weather we will shift our attention to the NW summit of Waddington. We will access this spectacular ski summit via the upper Dais Glacier and the Angel Glacier. We will establish an advanced camp at the base of the Angel Glacier. The ambiance of the upper section of Mount Waddington is  beyond description, you have to see it to believe it! On the summit day we will ascend those slopes, summit and return all the way back to our base camp on the Dais Glacier.
Day five to eight:
We can now shift our attention to day tours on the endless terrain near our base camp. This may include ascents of Mount Monday, Fireworks Peak, Sir Chris Spencer and much more.
Day nine and ten:           
It is time to get ready for the flight out. We will have been in radio communication with the Heli base throughout the week. Depending on conditions the departure preparations could be as simple as packing up the tent and waiting for the helicopter or it could involve a full day’s worth of travel over Fury Gap and down the lower Scimitar Glacier. Please do not schedule an important meeting for the morning of the “eleventh day”…
Sidenote: This amazing ski mountaineering trip takes place in one the very remote regions of the Canadian Coast Range and that is why the itinerary regarding the fly-out portion has be somewhat flexible. We depend on the helicopter to get us out and the weather conditions may or may not allow for a timely pick up. 
 
 
 



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CLOTHING


BASE LAYER    Men's - Womens's


o            1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight
o            Non-Cotton Underwear
o            1 or 2 Tops - midweight or lightweight
o            Sock Liners - 2 or 3 pair
o            Ski Socks - 2 pair
MID LAYER    Men's - Women's
o            Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessary
o            Schoeller™ type pants - soft shell
OUTERWEAR    Men's - Women's
o            Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket
o            Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Pants –may be omitted w/ Schoeller™ type pants
o            Warm Hat - should cover ears
o            Sun Hat - baseball type or visor
o            Lightweight Gloves
o            Ski Gloves
INSULATION    Men's - Women's
o            Down or Synthetic Jacket

PERSONAL GEAR
o            Day Pack - 25 to 40 Liter
o            Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended
o            Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth
o            Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel
o            Goggles
o            Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproof
o            Lip Balm - SPF 15+
o            Personal Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
o            Waterless hand cleaner- there is no running water in the huts.
o            Small Personal 1st aid kit - blister repair (Compeed™), aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.
o            Ear Plugs - essential for sound sleep

SKI GEAR
o            Skis - Alpine Touring or Telemark
o            Ski Boots - Alpine Touring or Telemark – no downhill boots
o            Ski Poles - telescopic poles work well, but not required
o            Alpine Touring Bindings - Lightweight recommended
o            Climbing Skins
o            Ski Crampons - THESE ARE REQUIRED!
o            Ski Brakes

SAFETY GEAR
o            Transceiver - single frequency,  457 kHz only, new batteries at start of trip
o            Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred
o            Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice

TECHNICAL GEAR
o            Ice Axe - 55-70 cm length, lightweight
o            Boot Crampons - STEEL ONLY; NO ALUMINUM!, check fit prior to departure
o            Anti-Balling Plates - fit to crampons
o            Climbing Harness - lightweight, BD Alpine Bod style.
GLACIER TRAVEL KIT
o            2 Locking Biners - (1) large HMS style and (1) regular locker
o            3 Non-locking Biners - any style, we recommend wire gates
o            2 Cordelettes - 6 mm diameter, 6 meter lengths, untied
o            1 Sewn Sling - nylon or spectra, double-length

OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate.
o            Camera - we’d like some shots for the PGS website!
o            Skin Wax
o            Thermos - vacuum type
o            Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-Rain brand waterproof notebook works
o            Compass - adjustable declination a must
o            Altimeter - Suunto watch works well
o            Sleep Sack - lightweight silk or cotton
o            Warm Socks - to sleep in
o            Foot Powder
o            Cash - see note below

GROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS  
o            Ropes
o            Technical Group Gear and VHF radio
o            Group 1st Aid Kit
 
 




Sign up for a course or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental.


Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999.


The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.


EQUIPMENT LIST
If you are in need of any of these items, please follow the red links to see the equipment we have tested, recommend, and sell through our online retail shop, Pro Ski and Mountain Service.