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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Snowcat Skiing at Chatter Creek
After crossing the bench between Jo-Pal and Megahooped, the road to Vertebrae glacier crosses the ridge in the center of the photo and passes onto the Windlip, a large snowfield named after the enormous blowhole located at the base of the rock at the top (left of center) of the photo above. Fig. 14 to the right names the areas on the photo above.

At the blowhole, the road forks with one branch continuing to the top of the Windlip where an opening in the ridge forms the entry to Jo-Pal, to the right of the ridge. The northern (left) branch in the road passes through the Keyhole, a narrow entrance to Vertebrae glacier.

Fig. 16 to the right shows a snowcat nearing the top of the Windlip. In the lower left corner of the photo, the blowhole is visible and the road as it passes throught the narrow Keyhole. In the background is the Plateau, which forms the top of the Vertebrae Glacier. The blowhole is shown in Fig.17. As we rise higher on the Windlip, we can see further to the west, over Lodge Ridge to the giant "halfpipe" in the ridge beyond the Chatter glacier. Game Creek in the new Lakeside Addition should give us views of the "halfpipe" from its western side.


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