Begbie Shoulder

Begbie Shoulder

The ridge extending Southeast from the Mt. Begbie summit is known as Begbie shoulder, shaped up by nature to give us some sweet alpine touring terrain easily accessible from Revelstoke!  This area is popular for both straight up alpine touring and sled access alpine touring.  Definitely get trained up on avalanche and winter travel skilz before heading into this advanced terrain, taking an AST1 course is your starting point.  This article provides some basic route info but you gotta have the knowledge and experience to read the terrain and avy conditions as you go!

The Mulvehill FSR rocks on up to about 1300m and is the primary access artery for the area.  Those without a motor tend to skin straight up and cross over the FSR as it zig zags up the hill, heading through an old cut block before getting above the end of the FSR and reaching stands of bigger, spacier trees just below the ridge.  The 112 gully is the central descent line, however it gets shredded up quickly and there are loads of other fresh pow lines!  Take a look at the marked up photo to see the adventure options!  Get the terrain dialed before making your own route choices!

The parking area at the start of the Mulvehill FSR gets plowed in the winter by a verrry generous road maintenance company.  Since the Begbie shoulder area is not a park or managed recreation area, there is no infrastructure or maintenance services in place for winter recreation access.  Soooooo…..


Cost: free

When to go: early December to early April.

Trip rating: B3-C3

Access: from Revelstoke, get on Highway 23S heading towards the Shelter Bay ferry. Drive past the Mt. Macpherson Nordic ski area (and Fingers access), and carry on about 10 more minutes to the FSR entrance on the right.

Parking area: N50.888019°, W118.167551°

RAD adventure tip: the parking area is tight!! Park where you will hopefully not get boxed in and cross your fingers!

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