Warming up – Aemmer’s, Commonwealth couloir, sunshine road chutes

sundance range couloirs.  Photo copyright John-Jo Ritson, 2012.  The first time he showed me this, I got pretty excited on the couloir in the left hand rock butress.  I'd just got to Banff, and was astonished to learn it was just up the road. Super close but bear-y thoughts tuned me around in the woods on an early solo mission, and trip number 2 ended with a frind's skin track slip dislocating his shoulder.  One year on it was finally out of the way...

sundance range couloirs. Photo copyright John-Jo Ritson, 2012. The first time he showed me this, I got pretty excited on the couloir in the left hand rock butress. I’d just got to Banff, and was astonished to learn it was just up the road. Super close but bear-y thoughts tuned me around in the woods on an early solo mission, and trip number 2 ended with a frind’s skin track slip dislocating his shoulder. One year on it was finally out of the way.Footage exists at the end of my Rossignol Edit (trial of fire)… see april 2012 posts.

patrolling at lake louise is drawing to a close..I’ve negotiated an early finish, this monday!  As things warm up I’ve also begun work on my lengthy ticklist, here are the results from one week (3 days off);

sunshine road couloirs...we only ended up withhad time for left couloir, without risking an epic. have to go back for the little peaky one!  nasty bush bash though

sunshine road couloirs…we only ended up withhad time for left couloir, without risking an epic. have to go back for the little peaky one! nasty bush bash though

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N face temple en route aemmers.had an amzing pow run in top and bottom left hand line last year. Plus my highest speed tomahawk. Ever.

keiran's standard brekkie

keiran’s standard brekkie

ImageOli. Aemmers Couloir. Early April.

aemmers couloir aemmers couloir

much more exceptional than we'd expected, we were all stoked! aemmers, circa april 3 , 2013

much more exceptional than we’d expected, we were all stoked! Olivier Lardin, Keiran Diamond, aemmers, mt templr, circa april 3 , 2013

From work, I'd always envisioned Little Mt Temple as the perfect conclusion to a day in aemmers.  Putting theory to test.

From work, I’d always envisioned Little Mt Temple as the perfect conclusion to a day in aemmers. Putting theory to test.

commonwealth peak. ticked april 10th. The couloir is tucked inside the big weakness splitting the face dead centre.  Luckily it isn't quite as steep as it appears!

commonwealth peak. The couloir is tucked inside the big weakness splitting the face dead centre. Luckily it isn’t quite as steep as it appears!

Commonwealth N Couloir – past a warm up, this was really exciting stuff; in horrible weather and great snow…

vinny stoked.  commonwealth couloir, the hard(and reassuring)  way. bottom upvinny stoked. commonwealth couloir, the hard(and reassuring)
way. bottom up

chris leads the first step...

chris leads the first step… we were lucky this was so filled in.  It appears it would be overhanging mixed climbing if bare, with few holds on soft rock.

...but chris is temporarily waylaid...

…but chris is temporarily waylaid…

but making up for it!

but making up for it!

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look closely...Chris, absolutely ass hauling outta commonwealth.  snow was amazing, not surprising seeing it was pouring down steadily the whole time we were in there

look closely…Chris, absolutely ass hauling outta commonwealth. snow was amazing, not surprising seeing it was pouring down steadily the whole time we were in there

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And back to the warm up theme…

below; A beautiful couloir above the sunshine access road that had twice defeated me before i made it out of the forest…bear scare, partner’s dislo shoulder… and almost did this time with a very sharp, short snowstorm; again whilst still in the forest…glad we hukered down, persevered, and don’t have to bush/.facet bash up there again!  Well, there is still that chute on the peak to the right…

sunshine road couloirs (sundance range?) line we ticked is tucked into the rock buttress, just left of centre.  doesn't top out at the ridge/peak

sunshine road couloirs (sundance range?)
line we ticked is tucked into the rock buttress, just left of centre. doesn’t top out at the ridge/peak

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sophie norton leading up one of the more striking lines visible from the trans-can in Banff NP

sophie norton leading up one of the more striking lines visible from the trans-can in Banff NP

and having earned first track rights:

and having earned first track rights:

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Sophie Norton giving the Nordicas a whirl.

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Chris just absolutely charged the right hand, 10cm deep facet straightline… unfortunately snapping his board..he still absolutely shredded the rest of the couloir…he’s a damn confident climber too. watch this space

spring is much appreciated.  this line could have been done in fatter conditions..but wait any longer and it'd have been gone.

spring is much appreciated. this line could have been done in fatter conditions..but wait any longer and it’d have been gone.

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About ruari

a lover of the beauty of the mountains, coast and other wild open spaces. An adventurer and high-level snowboard freerider / snowboard mountaineer
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2 Responses to Warming up – Aemmer’s, Commonwealth couloir, sunshine road chutes

  1. Debra says:

    Pin my tail and call me a doeynk, that really helped.

  2. 14/09/2012 Descarté Istria muy a mi pesar para poder viajar por Bosnia. En otra ocasión volveré porque me quedé con muchas muchas ganas! Leí cosas fabulosas de esta zona!! Quizá en un combinado entre Italia y Eslovenia (que me quedé con ganas de más).Un saludo!

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