Whistler
Mar 12

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Update: This is a good reminder why I write these stories down, otherwise I forget. Ptor Spricenieks and I were skiing around the Weart zone last year and he mentioned a solo descent he did way back in the 90′s. Anyways, I totally forgot about it. I sent Ptor an email at the beginning of the week, but he was in the middle of nowhere in Asia. But just got an email back. He soloed from Blackcomb, climbed the same route we did, skied the South Face line, then hiked out the trail. He met Jeff Holden who was coming up the trail (who was about to do his solo on the Armchair), and they smoked one. Classic!! 

While climbing the North Arete on Wedge, two days prior, I snapped some photos of the boys behind me. At home, I saw the South Face of Weart and zoomed in.  There was a very exposed and intriguing line hidden on the face.  Something you’d only see if you were on Wedge and had a telephoto or some quality binoculars. The day temps were finally rising and the South faces were corning up nicely, so I recruited Julian Stoddart for an early morning Saturday mission. My legs were still sore from the Currie-Blackcomb, so it would be good to have a fresh ski partner to chase up the steep Wedgemount trail.

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Mar 10
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Our main goal: the classic North Arete on Wedge

Lots of hours on skis this past week. It started last Tuesday night, with an old friend Cooksie, inviting me on a Mt Currie heli-drop. It was such short notice, I didn’t have time to say no! Met Cooksie, freeskier Matty Richard, and Pro sailer Curtis in Whistler. While stopping at the coffee shop in Pemby, I came across rando boys Brad Schalles and Stano Faban. We’d been looking to fill extra heli seats, so they jumped in with us.

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Aug 08

Wedge . . . back in the day

By Trevor 1999, Whistler Comments Off

Growing up in the Alpine Meadows area of Whistler, Wedge mountain was the main attraction looking out our living room windows. Its height of 2892m (9488 feet), makes it by far the tallest mountain in the Whistler area, and damn near Everest-like in our Coastal lowlands. Its architecture seems almost perfect from the right vantage point. The South side of the ‘wedge’ is amazingly uniform and consistent, and I can’t think of a more inviting face to ski.

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The South face, as seen from many parts of Whistler Valley, including my family’s cabin. Perfect for my 215cm DH boards.

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Apr 06

Some Spring pow . . .

By Trevor 2012, Whistler Comments Off

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Nov 05

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Note on the b+w photos.  It was a bluebird day, but when you’re soloing and have no subject in your shot, your tracks become the subjects. Best way to show them is by taking out the color and jacking the contrast 100%.

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Oct 19
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Jimmy Mid-couloir

Yesterday I had a great technical ski mission with my longtime friend Jim Martinello.  A quick-laid plan the night before resulted in a 7am start at the Wedge trailhead, with skis on our backs.  Our plan was to ski the West facing Wedge Couloir (some call it the North-West Couloir) and take some photos of Arcteryx product. I don’t mind being the model, wearing the clothes, and acting out heroic poses with a distant stare, but time was of the essence and maybe our photo taking slowed us down a little too much.

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Dec 19

More photos that I’ve scanned and liberated from my dusty slide collection. Veronika gave me the last photo. From the resort of Blackcomb we headed northeast through a valley bushwhack and up into some amazing glaciers. 5 days later we got back to our pre-placed car at the Wedge parking lot after doing a circuit of awesome ski lines:James Turner was the prize. Steeeeeep with stable powder . . . unbelievable. Home to a great story from the golden age of Canadian steep skiing, when my friend Ptor was racing the legendary Johnny Foon for the 1st descent back in the 90′s. Passing by Ptor’s tent late in the night, Johnny snagged the coveted line. This picture is from a climbing guidebook and was taken in summer. A lot more snow in mid-winter.

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