Buller Pass Peak attempt
April 12, 2009
Roundtrip time: 7.5 hours
Snowshoeing with Mark.
Although we had a more ambitious
objective initially planned
for the day, the disappointing weather conditions prompted us to
new plan was to snowshoe into the area around north
The weather was actually decent
(though far from perfect) in
the morning hours and repeated sunny breaks were cause for many photos.
valley west of
All started well, but the grade of the middle and upper slopes was deceptively steep. Soon we were unto steep rock and snow where a fall would have had very serious consequences. Ascending this terrain was not terribly difficult, however, descending it was somewhat unnerving. We did a few steps of belayed climbing, but backed down when the risk seemed to outweigh the reward.
A decent day out, but we’ll definitely be returning in the summer to finish the job.
Near the end of the approach canyon
Mark scrambles up the drainage
The beautiful valley west of North Buller Pass
The north side of Buller Pass Peak
Deeper into the valley
The east ridge of Mount Buller
Enjoying the weather before it completely breaks down
Looking back to Mount Buller and its east ridge
Approaching the debris from a significant avalanche
Checking out the debris
Ascending the northeast ridge
Looking through the gap to South Kidd
More of the ascent slopes
The terrain starts to get steeper
Another unnamed peak to the east