French-Haig-Rob Traverse

qturner

Excellent day on the FHR. A number of parties out & after it, ~15 people. Trail was broken the day prior as per the last MIN. -23 at the car @ 630AM, bluebird skis to start. Dry, fluffy powder found the entirety of the traverse with minimal wind affect. Vis was superb, clouds thankfully rolled in as we approached the headwall. A number of hand shear tests on the headwall revealed an interface 40cm down failing w moderate shear. Presumably the recent storm snow. Ascended the headwall by bootpack, naturally scary. Crampons & axe would be an asset. Ski down was the best I've ever had on the Robertson. -4 at the car at 230pm. Dozens of sloughs occurred off steep, unskiable alpine terrain as the sun kissed them. None of these dry loose events stepped down to deeper layers.

Snow conditions were: Powder. Riding quality was amazing.