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August 21, 2016, Flett Glacier
« on: 08/22/16, 09:58 PM »

Flett is in good shape still! Nice hike in through Spray park. I'll definitely be back. Not another soul up there on an otherwise busy Sunday weekend in the Mowich area. Here's a video. More pics and words on my blog


Our group of four arrived at Mowich Lake around 9am on a busy summer Sunday, loaded the skis on packs, and hiked the very pleasant 4.5 miles along the Spray Park trail (and off trail) to the toe of the Flett Glacier.



After a skin up fairly smooth August snow, we evaluated conditions on the 45 degree headwall. There was some rockfall coming down from the cliffs on the left and right.

I stayed behind while the others braved a loose scree slope to traverse up to the headwall (looped around to the east, passing in front of Observation Rock before gaining the top of the face). There were some melted out rocks which everyone shredded around with some ease (but don't fall right now...)



The headwall skiers reported that the skiing lower down on the glacier was the most fun and I agree. These were good turns, period - not just "good for August."



We happily lapped 1000' of the lower glacier (to the foot of the headwall) again and snow conditions remained smooth and fast for us in the late afternoon. Then came 4.5 more miles of very pleasant ski carrying through Spray Park.



Thanks Brian for organizing a great trip!
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cascademystic
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Re: August 21, 2016, Flett Glacier
« Reply #1 on: 08/23/16, 07:58 AM »

great vid and turns!
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Snomad
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Re: August 21, 2016, Flett Glacier
« Reply #2 on: 08/24/16, 09:53 AM »

sweet! wish i could have made this trip, thinks for sharing
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Re: August 21, 2016, Flett Glacier
« Reply #3 on: 08/24/16, 08:37 PM »

Nice pictures and thanks  for the condition update!  Now I know where I am heading for my September turns.
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Re: August 21, 2016, Flett Glacier
« Reply #4 on: 08/25/16, 07:32 PM »

Good music selection, Ben!  Those clouds were racing above the skiers and the Flett.  Nice video!
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The best part of summer skiing is napping on a warm rock.
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Re: August 21, 2016, Flett Glacier
« Reply #5 on: 08/31/16, 05:28 AM »

Do you have a GPS track of your route? I was up there this weekend, and I ended up on a much longer hike that you did.
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Re: August 21, 2016, Flett Glacier
« Reply #6 on: 08/31/16, 09:44 PM »

We did this Sunday:

http://caltopo.com/m/PM0G
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