We will meet at 4pm at the White Saddle B&B in Bluff Lake. Relaxed dinner and final gear check. We will go over weather & avalanche conditions, last minute changes and logistic for the following days. We will also sign a liability waiver.
We will fly to the Dias Glacier and set up our base camp. We will do an avalanche beacon exercise and go for a short ski-tour.
Depending on the weather, conditions and participants, we will use the best possible window of opportunity to ascent to the Northwest summit of Mount Waddington. Ideally we will work ourselves up to it by acclimatizing and ski touring some of the nearby summits depending on conditions and participants, we will consider: Mt Munday, Jester, Cavalier & Finality Mountains.
We will fly back to Bluff Lake in the afternoon and enjoy a refreshing homemade meal and last night at the White Saddle B&B. After a luxurious breakfast next morning, you will start your individual trips back home.
Bluff Lake, British Columbia
To drive to Bluff Lake, you will go through the central Chilcotin plateau, via Williams Lake, to White saddle Air Services at Bluff Lake, where the helicopter is stationed. We will help you team up with another guest, good to ride share if possible as there is no bus service available.
Driving from Vancouver or Calgary, this trip could take up to 10 hours. There is an airstrip at Anahim Lake via Pacific Coastal airlines, from there it is a 1.5 hour drive to Bluff Lake, transportation can be arranged depending on group size.
I am an IFMGA and ACMG-certified mountain guide based in Nelson, British Columbia. I'm the lead guide at Summit Mountain Guides, a guiding agency I co-founded back in 2007 and which offers year-round guiding services and courses in Canada and Europe.
The mountains of western Canada have been my playground since 1992. I'll be happy to take you mountaineering, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, hiking or ice climbing in this area I know so well. From day trips to multi-day adventures, I can guarantee an unforgettable and safe experience.
The SMG team of guides will help you with your trip's logistics, safety and contingency plans so that you get the most out of your backcountry experience and can just focus on having an amazing time on the mountain!
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