July Work Party at Campbell
July 19 at Campbell Icefield Chalet, minus the 250 cm snowpack that we are familiar with. Our first time here in summer!
Taking off with the long line needed to fly in building materials.
After opening up the lodge and getting settled in- an evening walk.
Spring fed pond, just off the normal ski route used when heading south from the lodge.
On the agenda for the first work day- get some railings on that deck!
Mission accomplished! Railing panels that lift out for easier snow clearing.
Time for an afterwork hike.
Heading towards Saturday Trees.
Paintbrush were in full display, in colors ranging from white to blood red.
Tarn below the outhouse run.
it's possible to hike further up the ridge than what would be safe on skis. Trevor and Bernie, scoping out the route to Mt. Alan Campbell and Valenciennes Col.
Mount Alan Campbell and Valenciennes Col.
A familiar view from the top of Saturday trees- this time without snow.
Paintbrush meadows, along the route to check out the water intake below the Paradise runs.
Traversing from Paradise along the bench above the Ten Turn Hill area, towards the seasonal tarn below the Lightbulb.
Seasonal tarn below the south side of the Lightbulb.
Early morning calm as the clouds build.
Lush flower meadows, along the line of the usual ski track home from the tree skiing zone, on a damp day spent getting the hydro-electric system up and running.
Heading south from the lodge under clearing morning skies.
Interesting erosion along the highline to the Saddle.
The final pitch to the Saddle is a short boulder field- unguessed at in winter.
What's with the pick? It's not all fun and games- we have a bit of trailbuilding to do along the route to Diamond Ridge.
Jo and Trevor above the pass.
On the benches above the Saddle, below Diamond Ridge.
Vast fields of heather.
One of a group of tarns in the moraines above the saddle.
After cleaning out rubble and bench cutting a short trail to ease access onto Diamond Ridge- the reward.
The Campbell Icefield from Diamond Ridge.
160 Degree panorama from Diamond Ridge.
Paintbrush pocket along the traverse onto Diamond Ridge.
Heading back, above the saddle.
Late afternoon reflections on the way home.
Dramatic lighting at sunset, from about where we would usually do a beacon check before heading out to ski on a winter morning.
A blustery afternoon hike up to Paradise.
The largest of several tarns between High Col and the Paradise slopes.
A chain of meadow fringed ponds connected by short streams.
Melting snowbanks keeping the pools filled.
While the anemones at treeline are sporting bushy seed heads, it's still springtime up here.
The tarn furthest to the west drops off over a small waterfall.
A short steep roll near the bottom of Paradise that has seen several small skier initiated slides, is revealed as a cliff band in summer.
Clouds lifting over Thunder Mountain for the morning flight out.
Parting shot of the lodge- see you this winter!