December 29, 2015
Pemberton / Lillooet Lake Road, BC
After summitting the nearby Haven Peak early in the morning on the 5th day of our Christmas – New Year ski trip, Alan, Alex, Ben and myself continued northwards along the ridgeline towards Beacon Mountain. There’s nothing magic about this summit as it’s just a forested bump, but I don’t think it’s often ascended on the other hand.
The ridge started out easily as we traversed up and over another subsidiary summit but then it narrowed down to within a couple meters. The grade also got a little bit steeper, but again, it’s still a forested ridge so nothing tricky. Soon we got down to Haven/Beacon col.
The ascent of Beacon Mountain from the col was a mere plod with some very minor bushwhacking at places. It did feel a bit foreshortened though. The views from the summit was surprisingly good thank to the excellent weather but we didn’t linger any longer than necessary before plodding back.
There might be other options to get down this peak, but we opted to go back along the ridge to Haven Peak as the terrain was more open back there. From Haven Peak I followed the other guys down the steep east face and there’s one section with bit of exposure to a small cliff and very steep. I did a few kick-turns and some long side-slipping to safely descend that part, and once dropping into a broad bowl the rest of the skiing became easy and fun.
Once we got back to Haven Lake we put skins back on, ascended steeply up to Tarn/Shields pass and then the next 1.5 hours or so was a boring plod back along the undulating ridge, across Long Lake and then down to the cabin. We briefly thought about doing another run on the north face of Long Peak but considering the big plan for the next day we had to take some break.
Back to the cabin it’s only 1:30 pm so we had lots of time to kill, but as usual for cabin trips there’s plenty of stuff that had to be done. We came to sleep early and set the alarm to 4 am. And then the next day we’d do Famine Mountain, Hanging Mist Peak all the way to Cloudraker Mountain traverse.