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Expedition Freshfields: Episode Two
Posted on January 20, 2016

On Monday, we published our first episode in the Expedition Freshfields trilogy. Our crew of splitboarders snuck in by heli drop before the storm into one of the most stacked touring zones in the Canadian Rockies. Luckily, they were prepared to wait out the weather because a May storm dropped more than a meter of snow on their remote, isolated camp forcing them into an endless cycle of digging, shoveling and fueling up on provisions. Going stir crazy, they went for a few exploratory skins in the glacial white out. Eventually, their patience paid off and the lines were worth the wait. Watch what it was like to experience the storm in episode two. —LYA Editor

Images by Bruno Long, Edit by Francois Desrosiers

Take a knee. Coulter and Caldwell land on the glacier between Waitabit Peak and Mount Barnard.

The Recap
The Freshfields are a hushed touring zone in the Canadian Rockies, legendary for their looming peaks and late-season snowpacks. Located north of Golden, BC on the border of Banff National Park, the Freshfields are one of the largest glacial systems in Western Canada and sit below a crown jewel selection of jagged 10,000 to 11,000-foot peaks. Last spring, Eddie Bauer splitboarders Scott Newsome, Chris Coulter and Wyatt Caldwell linked up with ACMG guide Trevor Gavura to tick off a serious mountaineering mission in this remote zone.

 

Heli-dropping in close Crown Land proximity to the zone, the team set up glacial base camp on the Alberta/BC border of the National Park then waited out a massive spring storm in Pantheon Dome style with expedition grilling, snow structure building and plenty of shoveling. It was worth the wait. When the weather finally cracked blue, the team ticked day-after-day of trophy descents by skintrack access in this Great Canadian Divide region of towering summits and massive icefields. Expedition Freshfields is the three-part, extended cut story of their trip of a lifetime in this zone.

Lugging gear on the glacier.

Check out episode one of the Freshfields trilogy at blog.eddiebauer.com/fresh

Author: - Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
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