BCP124 - Raspberry Ridge
I thought it would be a good day to get the family out to the mountains, but one thing led to another and it became a solo trip.
Raspberry Ridge is at the absolute end of where you can drive, but that's cool because I pretty much had the place to myself. There was hardly any snow, except there appeared to be some cornices on the summit ridge.
The new trail takes a direct line straight up, and sure enough I had snow problems at the top. I couldn't find a good line through the cornices, and ended up tracking back and forth for about 30 minutes. Finally I broke through, and there was the lookout.
There was no snow on the west side of the ridge, so I thought the cap would be no problem. But, when I rounded the lookout there was a big pile of snow sitting to the side of the helipad. And sure enough, the cap was under it.
I tried to use my Silva, but it wouldn't point anywhere but north. Oh well. A long ways to go for a DNF, but it was a super day to be out in the mountains.
Instead of taking the official trail or the old fireroad back down, I followed the south ridge all the way to Cataract Creek. It was a good little ridgewalk.
I guess I'll have to come back again...