Letter: Wapta tips

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Editor, the Gauntlet,

[Re: "The Mighty Wapta," Chris Pedersen, Apr. 3 Gauntlet]

An exhilarating trip indeed, no matter how many times it's done.

Just a couple of quick observations:

1. When you go over Balfour Col, you can practically avoid all crevasses if you hang close to the rock ridge on the left. This is of particular benefit in white-out conditions because it leads almost all the way to Scott Duncan Hut.

2. On the last day, consider swinging around the west side of Nigel Peak and taking the Schiesser-Lomas route down into the Sherbrook plateau and creek complex. It avoids much of the avalanche drama that you described in your article.

Enjoy those turns.