There are probably few Americans who venture nearly three hours north of the border during Spring to go to the Whistler area... without planning to visit Whistler and to go as a day trip. But Grant, John, and I did just that.
We took a variation of the "NE Direct" route. There was one 150'-200' long section of super-steep forest which required crampons or microspikes. I think crampons would be best, because of the front-pointing capabilities. Outside of that one short section, however, the rest of the route was straightforward and easy.
What a great day to be in the mountains. I plan to go back up to that area in the future.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe