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2022-11-10 at 07:34 - comment by Gord F

Yes, I skied back down the climb trail. There's more snow in the trees than I expected, but didn't want to get in that gully this early in the season.

2022-11-10 at 07:07 - comment by SteveR

Did you ski the trail back down the headwall? I'm guessing that the gully exit is still not filled in enough yet.

Burstall Pass Nov 9

Report Submitted by Gord F
(trip) Date: Wednesday Nov 09, 2022

Submitted: Wednesday Nov 09, 2022 at 20:20


Solo Trip


Once the temperatures moderated in the mountains I decided to hit one my early season favourites. It was -23º in Calgary when I left and -13º in the Burstall Parking lot at 10am. Warmed up to -9º, no wind, nice and sunny so great conditions for first backcountry day out. 40cm at the trailhead and the trail is nicely packed by skis and snowshoes for a few kms, then skier packed all the way up. The headwall is in good shape, both up and down. I measured 86 cm depth in the upper meadow below Burstall Pass, nicely consolidated and supportive. I dug another pit high up on a mellow slope below the pass, east aspect. Here the snow was 65cm and I did get a resistant planar result on a column test at 17 hits. Check the MIN for details. Pretty tight snowpack so far, not too deep though so you need to keep your rock radar turned on.

Total distance: 16.00 Km

Upper meadow

Small sized surface hoar in upper meadow at 2350m

Robertson Glacier


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