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  • Pebble-to-North Creek Traverse incl. Pebble, Thiassi, Wesley & Sugus - hike/scramble (July 2023)
  • Mount Truax - hike/scramble (July 2023)
  • Blackcomb Buttress - rock climb (July 2023)
  • Whitecap Peak - hike/scramble (July 2023)
  • Mount Hanover - hike/scramble (August 2023)
  • The "Long Traverse" incl. Long, Tynemouth, Arrowhead, Tabletop & Anemone - hike/scramble (August 2023)
  • Armchair Traverse - hike/scramble (August 2023)
  • Snowspider Mountain - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Mount Trorey - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Macleod Peak - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Ben Lomond - hike/scramble (September 2023)
  • Mount Killam & Gambier Island - hike (September 2023)
  • Lone Goat & Snow Camp Mountain - hike (September 2023)
  • Isollilock Peak - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Manson - Hatfield Traverse - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Gargoyles & Columnar Peak - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Opal Cone and Lava Glacier - hike (October 2023)
  • Park Butte (WA) - hike (October 2023)
  • Trappers Peak (WA) - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Rattlesnake Ledge (WA) - hike (November 2023)
  • Sauk Mountain (WA) - hike (November 2023)
  • Mount Daniel & Pender Hill (Sunshine Coast) - hike (November 2023)
  • Mount Dickerman (WA) - hike (November 2022)
  • Winter's End (Verona Peak) - hike/snowshoe (November 2023)
  • Dolomites (Italy) - snowboarding (December 2023)
  • Red Rock Canyon (NV) - hike (January 2024)
  • Flute & Oboe - split tour (February 2024)
  • Whistler misc. (Train Wreck, Loggers Lake, Shadow Lake etc.) - hike (February 2024)
  • Mount Underhill - hike (March 2024)
  • Bombtram Mountain - hike/snowshoe (March 2024)
  • Steep Peak - split tour (March 2024)
  • Ruby Mountain (WA) - hike/snowshoe (April 2024)
  • Blustry Mountain - hike (April 2024)
  • Sowerby Peak (Barr East) - hike (April 2024)
  • Picacho Peak (AZ) - hike (April 2024)
  • Kitt Peak Observatory (AZ) - (April 2024)
  • Mount Wrightson (AZ) - hike (April 2024)
  • Saguaro Nat'l Park (AZ) - April 2024)
  • Superstition Peak/Benchmark (AZ) - hike (April 2024)
  • Mount Humphreys (AZ) - hike (May 2024)
  • Petrified Forest Nat'l Park (AZ) - (May 2024)
  • Piestewa Peak (AZ) - hike (May 2024)
  • Channeled Scablands (Columbia Gorge, Ancient Lakes, Potholes Lake, Palouse Falls etc.) - hike/bike (May 2024)
  • Rhododendron Mountain ("Pk. 2220") - hike (June 2024)
  • Flora Peak - hike (June 2024)

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Rainbow Mountain - SW Route via Rainbow Lake, June 2020

Yup, another escape to the hills before the arrival of yet more unsettled weather. Some excitement right off the bat upon encountering a group of panicked hikers (you know the type) scurrying down the trail claiming to have been followed by a black bear. Kept going and immediately ran into a trail runner who had also been followed by the bear and exhorted us to turn back. This too we ignored and carried on up the trail. As expected, the bear had wandered away, nowhere to be seen. Watching from a safe distance, the trail runner apparently satisfied herself of the imminent threat to life and limb and decided it was now safe enough to continue, prancing past us in short order. The remaining hike to Rainbow Lake went without further incident, the only wildlife we saw no larger or more menacing than a squirrel. Very well-maintained and scenic trail I might add.

Ran into patchy snow just before Rainbow Lake and still very much snowbound thereafter. Annoying post holing getting 'round the lake but otherwise fast travel thanks to buried talus. Made camp on snow and lounged on a large flat rock for the remainder of the afternoon. Up and at 'em first thing in the morning, reaching the edge of a large, flat glacier in good time. Here we traversed far to the right, contouring around a giant scoop in the ice and continuing up to a rocky saddle. Then turned left and scampered up rock and some snow, reaching the summit about 3hrs after leaving camp. The last time we were up here was March '09 on our very first outing with Whistler Heli. Nice to finally get back up there on own steam this time and hang out up top for as long as we wanted, savoring the incredible 360-degree views!

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Lady Peak - North Ridge via Spoon Lake, June 2020

Took me lady up Lady Peak for a fun Cheam Range scramble on yet another brief fair-weather window. Drove the FSR to ~4400 ft and about 1.5 km shy of the trailhead before being stopped by snow. Alternating dry and snowy sections thereafter with some ATVs making it all the way to the end. Encountered all snow travel from just before Spoon Lake to the rubbly slope directly below Lady's North Ridge. Crampons and ice axe handy for occasionally steep snow up to this point as well as the notch with gendarme further along the ridge.

Easy ridge ramble once past that spot to the top. Upper mountain engulfed by cloud from orographic lift shortly after having gained the crest and dissipated only after we made it back to the trailhead. Figures. Same thing happened when I hiked up neighboring Cheam last October. About 7 hrs RT, making for a longer than anticipated outing thanks in part to slow travel over slick lichen-covered rock.

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Crystal & Elliott - Barkley Valley, June 2020

Endured the long ass drive to Pemberton-Portage country for a quick Twin Lakes Peaks area smash'n grab before the onset of the next round of rain. About 7 kms road/atv track walk from current "trailhead" to hut and camping area. Snowline started at the first lake and got progressively mushier and unconsolidated the higher we went. Very unusual so late into June. The preceding week and a half of rain and cool weather here in town deposited what looked to be about a foot+ of new snow in the alpine, much more near ridge tops. Wished we brought snowshoes. Point releases and sluff slides on sun exposed aspects. Felt like April or early May out there.

Abandoned Elliott after punching through past my waist in mush on the exposed gully traverse a couple hundred feet or so below summit. There are ways to avoid this traverse, but with the prospect of more of the same crap snow complicating the narrow ridge finish to summit proper, we called it and slogged up slightly higher Crystal instead. Fantastic views from up top - Birkenhead, Duffy-Pemberton Portage Divide peaks, Joffre Lakes Group, south towards Wedge and countless others I cannot name all on full display. Neat area to explore and a great "east-of-the crest" objective for early summer!

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Seed Peak - South Route, June 2020

Our first summit in Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park! The Facebooks were abuzz this past Spring with reports of this and some of the neighboring mountains. FSR conditions were reportedly about as good as they could get, and snow no longer presented much of an impediment. Ripe for the picking as they say, so we decided to go and add our names to the list and see what all the fuss was about. Over 30 kms of forest road to get to where we were stopped by snow about 1 km shy of the "trailhead". Found the 103 Hikes driving description misleading after the ~23 km junction - we lost an hour probing various spur roads before another party set us back on course. Thanks to renewed logging activity, the road end has been pushed up higher. Good for us!

Biggest cornice I have ever seen on the summit! It's obviously long gone by now, but best to give the edge an extra wide berth come next Spring. 'Twas a 100% snow slog from where we parked - snowshoes and axe weren't necessary even though we schlepped the gear around with us. Great views in all directions, despite the increasing cloudiness and only one other party encountered as we were returning. 5.5 hrs round trip at a moderate pace and sadly no pitstop at Backcountry Brewing afterwards, coz um, well by now you ought to know why.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Frosty Mountain - Frosty Mountain Trail, May 2020

Frosty's East Summit via Lightning Lakes on 05/27. A Manning Park first for me! Great views of the Pasayten Wilderness big boys, the Chilliwack Bulgers and Northern Pickets looking south from up top. The slightly higher West Summit looks like a fun scramble from the East Summit, not quite sure why I didn't just go for it.

Either way, looked like an above average snowpack, in the NE corner of the Cascades at least. Snow started at about 3 kms up the trail and continuous from that point onward. GPS mighty helpful in navigating the forested section thereafter and especially on return as my tracks were barely discernible by that point. Wallowed through knee deep mush for a portion of the East Ridge finish and glisaded back down via the north bowl for a speedy return and shorter than anticipated day overall (about 5-6 hrs round-trip).

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Mount Crickmer - Mt. Crickmer Trail, May 2020

A quick jaunt up a snowy bump on the only half decent day of the May Long Weekend. Located between Stave and Alouette Lakes, the broad plateau-like summit barely reaches the alpine. Nevertheless, it's high enough to offer good views ranging from the uplands of Mission District to the far North Cascades. To the west are the Golden Ears and just to the north is Robie Reid - my primary motivation for hiking Crickmer, being that I had RR in my sights for later in the summer.

Unfortunately, the wished-for views of Robie Ried would only materialize after I returned to the truck thanks to a late afternoon break in the clouds. Since I was in the area, I wrapped-up the day with a reconnaisance drive to the RR trailhead, a good 20 km from the end of the paved road. I expected something much more overgrown and obscure, but found it to be anything but. Okay, all set for later this summer then! All things considered, despite low clouds robbing me of everything but local views and a mostly boring FSR bike'n hike, that which I did glimpse of Stave and Alouette Lakes made Crickmer a worthwhile outing nonetheless.

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