Spring Touring - Cerise Creek / by Strain

I went on a touring mission up Cerise Creek / Mt Joffre with a couple friends last week. Conditions were... interesting over the first half of the approach, where for the first time since I bought them I wasn't cursing the uselessness of my snowshoes. The crampons bit into the choppy ice of the forest floor far more effectively than climbing skins, but I'm still buying a splitboard this fall. Snowshoes suck. We thought the snow might be a little sloppy up high, but avoiding sun-baked aspects led to a late April powder harvest. Gotta love that spring crop!