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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Diablo Lake (kayak), August 2014

Spent a leisurely summer afternoon paddling the famously turquoise waters of Diablo Lake. With a stop at the tiny rock island near the mouth of Thunder Arm, we continued towards Ross Dam which lies at the head of an aesthetic canyon that extends northeast of the main lake basin. While it is forbidden to approach the base of the dam and only the upper-part is visible from the turnaround near the NPS boat dock, the perspective from deep within the winding canyon is what makes this a unique experience. And having motored to and from countless climbing objectives over the years without ever stopping to appreciate beautiful Diablo Lake, it was nice to finally explore this man-made wonder nestled among the high peaks of the North Cascades.




Friday, September 12, 2014

Sky Pilot Mountain - West Ridge, July 2014



With the opening of the Sea to Sky Gondola this past spring, it only seemed appropriate to take advantage of the greatly shortened approach and finally climb the elusive Sky Pilot Mountain. Easily spotted while driving southbound on the Sea to Sky Highway near Squamish (BC), Sky Pilot is the highest of a tightly knit group of jagged peaks rising from behind the towering granite formation known as Stawamus Chief. And though the peak is smallish even by Coast Range standards-it stands only 6663 feet above sea level-what it lacks in elevation it certainly makes up for in ruggedness. Oh, and best of all, no more would we have to endure Sky Pilot taunting us on the drive back from Whistler!







Sunday, September 7, 2014

Whistler Mountain - North Ridge, July 2014



For a fun exposed scramble with a very short approach, great position, excellent views, easy descent and short return back to the car, look no further. I'm speaking of course of the North Ridge of Whistler Mountain. No, not the Whistler of 2010 Winter Olympics fame, but the Whistler off of the North Cascades Highway near Washington Pass! This enjoyable climb starts from the Whistler-Cutthroat Saddle, and follows an airy ridge crest to a sharp notch below the final summit block. While some looseness was encountered getting in and out of the notch, the rock on this route is otherwise reasonably solid and makes for a satisfying romp to a pointy summit overlooking the area between Rainy and Washington Passes and beyond.





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