Last Updated: March 4, 2023


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Oh my! Quite the backlog here. Busy with life and adding to the queue every chance I get...

  • Flute & Oboe - ski tour (March 2022)
  • Suicide Bluffs - snowshoe (April 2022)
  • Slalok Mountain - ski tour (April 2022)
  • Dam Mountain, Little Goat, Thunderbird Ridge - snowshoe (May 2022)
  • Leading Peak - hike/scramble (June 2022)
  • Camelshoof Mountain - hike (June 2022)
  • Askom Mountain - hike (June 2022)
  • Metal Dome - hike (July 2022)
  • Mount Sproatt - hike (July 2022)
  • Mission Ridge/Peak - hike (July 2022)
  • Harris Ridge & Nea Peak - hike (July 2022)
  • Three Brothers Mountain - hike (July 2022)
  • Zupjok, Llama & Alpaca Peaks - hike (July 2022)
  • Shulaps Mountain - hike/scramble (August 2022)
  • Mount Sheer & Ben More - hike/scramble (August 2022)
  • Cathedral Mountain - hike/scramble (August 2022)
  • Mount Penrose - hike/scramble (August 2022)
  • Caltha Peak - hike/scramble (September 2022)
  • Beauty Peak - hike (September 2022)
  • Markhor-Needle Traverse & Flatiron - hike/scramble (September 2022)
  • Conway Peak - hike (September 2022)
  • Green Mountain/Pk 2200 - hike/scramble (September 2022)
  • Mount Brew (Whistler) - hike (September 2022)
  • Mount Barbour - hike/scramble (October 2022)
  • Mount Gillespie - hike/scramble (October 2022)
  • Cougar Mountain - hike/scramble (October 2022)
  • Barn Bluff (Red Wing, MN) - hike (October 2022)
  • Mount Steele - hike/snowshoe (November 2022)
  • Hunter Lookout - hike (November 2022)
  • Belcarra Mountain - hike (November 2022)
  • Oyster Dome - hike (November 2022)
  • Mount Thom & Cilliwack Mountain/Hillkeep - hike (December 2022)
  • Frenchman Mountain (Las Vegas, NV) - hike (January 2023)
  • Rolley Peak/Lookout - hike (January 2023)
  • Round Mountain - ski tour (February 2023)
  • Blowdown Peak - ski tour (February 2023)
  • Silverdaisy Mountain - ski tour (March 2023)
  • Spearhead Glacier/Husume Coulior - ski tour (March 2023)

*As of 03/24/2023


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Monday, September 30, 2020

Mount Bishop - Vicar Lake Trail, May 2020

A fine May 10 trip up Mount Bishop via LSCR and Vicar Lakes Trail. About 22 km on bikes and another 10 km on foot up and down the steepest, scramble-e-est approach imaginable. Countless rope-assisted sections, a pleasant grove of ~800 yr old giant cedars and an easy albeit sweaty slog up from Vicar Lakes. Continuous snow started just below the lakes but going fast. Markers on trees from here guide the way up to the alpine. Kicked steps in snow up to the saddle and completed the remaining slog to the summit. Outstanding views overlooking Indian Arm, Seymour Lake, and watershed area and of course Greater Vancouver to the south. Another great Spring outing in the so-called Fannin Range!

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Hat & Fat Ass - via Sunset Trailhead, May 2020

At long last an update to this site! Now that things are winding down here in the Northern Hemisphere I'll be kicking out more reports going forward. It was a rather productive Summer by Sverdina standards...

Presenting Hat Mountain and Fat Ass Peak, bagged May 8 during a globe-spanning pandemic. The inagurial hike of the 2020 "climbing season" for yours truly. Parking permit left over from a Lions Bay project home we had recently completed helped with the notoriously limited trailhead parking spaces. Never mind that the village would impose a riduculous Covid-induced $3/hr parking fee here some months later. Whatever. Maybe just go up via the Tunnel Bluffs Trail instead...yes, its got more elevation gain, but it's more direct.

Anyhoo, it's still a steep ass grunt of a hike as ever up from Sunset Drive. Continuous snow started just before Crest Trail junction and required some careful postholing down steep slopes off Brunswick's WSW Ridge/Spur into the west basin. Easy travel from there to the saddle overlooking Brunswick Lake and on up to the summit of Fat Ass Peak. Down to a notch and back up a final pitch of sloppy snow to reach Hat Mountain. Fantastic views overlooking Howe Sound and especially Brunswick Mountain's North and West Faces! This is a great early season objective, even if the route causes one to briefly trespass into a temporarily "closed" provincial park, courtesy once again of said pandemic. And no, didn't encounter a soul out there all day.

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