The second annual “Bonnington Traverse” was far from a smooth trip. Greg, Matt, Matt, Peter, Tanner, and Jacob set off in two 20 plus year old cars to Nelson BC in search of snow. On the way Jacob’s 25 year old Subaru Loyale died, which lead to the six dudes piling into one small Toyota Corolla for a few hours. The hike from the car began as a road walk, with skis on our backs with little snow in sight, but as we gained to about 5000′ the snowpack became deeper and deeper. As we reached the Grassy Hut for our first night we noticed cold powder on north aspects. The following day we were rewarded with cold blower Kootany powder all day with intermittent snow fall. The following day we reached the Stead Hut and had more good turns with heavy overnight packs. A warm front came in the following two days turning all the cold powder into deep, dangerous mank. We made the best of the bad snow with the creation of a long bike style jump line.
The return to the states was equally exciting. Jacob ditched his car in Canada and procceded with Tanner off on an epic hitchhike to Bellingham.