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Expedition Freshfields: Episode Three
Posted on January 22, 2016

All week, we’ve been running the story on a splitboard trip to the Freshfields, a hushed touring zone in the Canadian Rockies, legendary for their looming peaks and late-season snowpacks. If you’ve seen the first two episodes of our trilogy, you know our crew of Chris Coulter, Scott Newsome, Wyatt Caldwell and ACMG guide Trevor Gavura got slammed by a late spring storm. But once the sky cracked blue, they got after it, ticking off line after aesthetic line in epic, deep powder conditions. Episode three is a chronicle of what they slayed in this zone. But just a warning, watching this episode will make you want to go there. Immediately. Enjoy. —LYA Editor

Chris Coulter rips an amazing line off of Mt. Trutch.

Images by Bruno Long, Edit by Francois Desrosiers

Newsome picking the guide's line on Waitabit Peak.

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.

Waitabit Peak, fully shredded, from the Pantheon Dome tent.

Exit from the Freshfields. Mission accomplished.

Watch the first two episodes of the Freshfields trilogy at

Author: - Friday, January 22nd, 2016

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