Analysing terrain data
Expert hike-to terrain accessed from the top of the challenger and headwaters lifts.
Series of generally north facing chutes oriented E/W along the ridge.
Chutes are transected ~1/3 to 1/2 of the way down by a less-erosive rock formation known as “the buttress”, where the chutes typically become very narrow and navigation can become difficult.
Terrain here characterized by numerous unmarked hazards, extremely steep terrain, variable snow conditions, and large cliffs (and that’s just the hike!).
Know where you’re going! Jack Creek – entrance marked by snowfences, a rescue cache and toboggan, and a flat, open area on the hike (parachute col).
This is the steepest fall line in headwaters.
Buttress navigation can be tricky, but multiple options available.
Narrow constriction below buttress opens up into an amphitheater near bottom of run.