Finally... Victory at Victoria!

North Island

AvCan Vancouver Island , Wednesday 22nd March, 2023 5:00PM

Success! We made it up the ridge on Victoria peak on a glorious spring island day. We could drive to 33 km on East Main Road. But we suspect it will be a lot further soon, seeing as we had to drive a km on bare ground. We left our sled at the first creek crossing and did the rest the old fashioned way. Travel was quick and sporty on the skin track before the day warmed up. We got up to 1500 m, with an air temp high of 7°. Top 5-10 cm became slushy in the sun, pinwheeling was occurring on all aspects. There was extensive loose and wet small avalanches. We found the two rain crusts that we have been tracking at Mt Cain were buried 30 & 45 cm deep. On the way down we enjoyed our first corn harvest of the year with beautiful slushy conditions!

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Wet. Weather conditions were: Sunny, Warm. We rode: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Open trees.

Avalache Conditions: Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.