Beginner mountaineering course.

After seven years of living in Canada it was nice to get out to the ice once more. Strangely enough despite living in a frozen continent I never really learnt how to properly use crampons and ice axes. This is something that I have really enjoyed about the ANU Mountaineering club. The exchange of skills between members. While I have been able to take members for the first whitewater experience during the weekend those same members were able to show me the finer points of mountaineering gear. Like how to stop slides and stop from tripping over with crampons in the first place.

Big Mountain skiing

Big Mountain skiing

They say British Columbia is big mountain skiing.  I would agree.  This side of the divide everything was bigger and more open.  We spent three days at Asulkan Cabin in BC.  With good stability and hardly any tracks on the last day we were like children in a candy store.  It’s easy to push yourself for one more run when you are skiing runs like this.

Burstal Pass Touring

Burstal Pass Touring

A fun day out with friends.  Fantastic spring conditions meant the only thing we were concerned about was cornices falling off overhanging cliffs.  That and sunburn!

Clear the Desk

Clear the Desk

A ski break was most certainly not on my schedule.  I had plenty of desk work that was past due.  But when the head of snow safety wants to show you something, it’s hard to say no.   Last time I went with Rocket I was able to film Ski Patrol start an avalanche on Eagle Ridge 5 (ER5).  One of the most memorable events that I have filmed.  This time he wanted to take me to Purple Bowl, preferred venue for the Canadian Powder 8’s.  The Powder 8’s are an annual event at Louise, and one that struggles with entries every year.  Mainly as we do not have the requisite powder to run a powder competition. This year we had snow but no one believed it.

I looked out the window, it was a clear sunny day.  Fantastic skiing and filming conditions.  So I cleared my desk and went skiing…  It was worth it.

As well as great photos, I put together a 30 second clip with rocket calling the conditions at the bowl a “shaken Etchy Sketch.”  But the image of Rocket sliding down a pristine powder bowl told the story better than words.  I have no doubt that the video helped us sign more competitors to the event.

Identifying and taking advantages of conditions when they occur is an important part of content marketing.  I almost missed this opportunity just because it felt like I was blowing off work.