This descent happened when I was young and had no camera or concept of taking pictures for memories. So thanks to Johnny and Martina for their photos, as well as John Scurlock’s aerial shots.
B.C.’s 15th highest peak, Serra 2 is in of one of the most geologically impressive ranges in B.C. The stegosaurus-like spines of Combatant, Tiedeman, Asperity and the Serras can be seen from great distances because they are anomalies on the Coast. A tight group of peaks that rise far above the surrounding ranges. The couloir we intended to ski on Serra 2 is at the southern end of the range, and can thus be seen from many points between Waddington and Vancouver. I had first spied the line in John Baldwin’s beautiful Coast Mountains coffee table book.
I Had the chance to go for the 1st descent in May 2002 with Johnny and Martina Franko. After a couple of nights at the Plumber hut on the Tellot Glacier, we headed up the shorter and steeper North Face. With a rope and some ice screws, Johnny lead the 3 or so pitches of ice to the top of our line. I seem to remember Martina only having 1 snow axe, and her having to balance her way up. At the top, our position in the range was superb. The ski down was amazing. Almost 5500 feet vertical of skiing! High 40′s most of the way down the top couloir, with the unending mellower slopes bellow. I recall at one point high on the line, having so much fun and making large turns with abandon, that I almost got taken out by my sluff. I was only 23 after all.