Spearhead Traverse

Some say the Spearhead is being loved to death, but Cody scores self-love today. //  [o]   @bjarnesalen

Some say the Spearhead is being loved to death, but Cody scores self-love today. // [o] @bjarnesalen

 

Elevation Generally above 6890” or 2100m

Aspect: Northeast to Northwest

Vertical: More than 6400’

Coordinates: 50°05’24”N 122°52’58”W

First descent: Varsity Outdoor Club, UBC, 1964. In a day by Finnie, Sheffield, Underhill, 1984

“The Spearhead Travers connects some of the most amazing peaks and glaciers of the Coast Mountains near Whistler, BC. This horseshoe-shaped traverse crosses the gorgeous Spearhead and Fitzsimmons Ranges, navigating some fourteen glaciers along the route from Backcomb to Whistler.” (FCSDofNA)

Shovel, beacon, probe is what we’ve put forward for safety out there, but there’s a lot more to it. There’s decision making skills. Look at the climb up Decker. People are often standing on cornices when there’s people below.
— Julia Niles
In British Columbia, Canada, there lies a classic line that links Whistler and Blackcomb mountains via a 20+ mile long traverse. The ski tour first done over the course of many days in the 1970's has now become a test piece for ski mo racers seeking speed and records.