Climbers on icecap after skiing glacier. Photo BCMC Archives 55-06.

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Gear

A World of Possibilities

A world of possibilities and unclimbed peaks was available to mountaineers in the 1960s and 1970s. Helicopters and airplanes equipped with floats or skis improved access to remote localities, as did ski mountaineering, developed earlier. Skis, fitted with climbing skins and bindings that leave the heel free for uphill travel, made climbing on snow much quicker and easier. Martin and Esther Kafer are pictured with their ski mountaineering equipment on the Stikine Icecap in 1970.

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