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  • Caltha Peak - hike/scramble (September 2022)
  • Beauty Peak - hike/scramble (September 2022)
  • Markhor-Needle Traverse & Flatiron - hike/scramble (September 2022)
  • Conway Peak - hike/scramble (September 2022)
  • Green Mountain/Pk 2200 - hike/scramble (September 2022)
  • Mount Brew (Whistler) - hike/scramble (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/scramble (October 2022)
  • Mount Steele - hike/snowshoe (November 2022)
  • American Mountain (attempt), Hunter Lookout - hike/snowshoe (November 2022)
  • Belcarra Mountain - hike/scramble (November 2022)
  • Oyster Dome - hike/scramble (November 2022)
  • Mount Thom & Cilliwack Mountain/Hillkeep - hike/scramble (December 2022)
  • Frenchman Mountain (Las Vegas, NV) - hike/scramble (January 2023)
  • Rolley Peak/Lookout - hike/scramble (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)
  • Cowboy Ridge/Peak 2026 - ski tour (April 2023)
  • Slahanay Peak - hike/scramble (April 2023)
  • American Mountain & Mount Lincoln - hike/snowshoe (May 2023)
  • Mount Mclean Attempt, Red Rock Trail, Dragons Back Trail - hike/scramble (May 2023)
  • Stawamus Chief (South, Middle & North) - hike/scramble (June 2023)
  • Flint & Feather - hike/scramble (June 2023)
  • Goat Ridge (Squamish) - hike/scramble (June 2023)
  • Grouty/Mortar Peaks - hike/scramble (June 2023)
  • 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/scramble (September 2023)

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Friday, July 14, 2023

Zupjok, Llama & Alpaca - via Zopkios Rest Area, July 2022

This trio of peaks is served by a good trail starting from the Zopkios Rest Area at Coquihalla Pass. The route features travel over granite ridges with great views of rock domes and spires these mountains are known for. Being in the midst of a heat wave, I drove up the night before and car camped nearby so as to get an early start. I also brought a bike to expedite the initial approach which follows a mostly flat forest road to the saddle between Ottomite and Zupjok. Ditching the bike at the saddle, I continued up the trail, initially relatively flat but then quite steep gaining the south shoulder of Zupjok Peak. Passed a twosome on the way up here, complementing the gentleman in front on his choice of Red Wing footwear (aka. Vasque). I continued over the first peak and down to the saddle south of Llama, then climbing up over Llama and descending once more to the final saddle below Alpaca Peak.

Aesthetic granite "sidewalk in the sky" going up Alpaca where the broad summit dome offered up fine views of Vicuna & Guanaco to the east and the iconic Anderson River Group - Gamuza, Steinbok, Ibex and Chamois - to the west! Nice views south towards Markhor-Needle area and Coquihalla Mountain Group as well. Didn't linger for long as it was already starting to cook out and water sources were in short supply. Back across the various saddles and summits, then down the steep forest back to the bike. Stopped to enjoy the solitude and cool off where a collapsed bridge crosses the creek before the short ride back to the car and where it must have been 90+ degrees out already. Delicious burger courtesy of the Lunch Bucket there at the rest area and washed down with a tepid can of Cariboo. Cheers!

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Monday, July 10, 2023

Three Brothers Mountain - Heather Trail, July 2022

Located in Manning Provincial Park and contained within the "V" formed by the Similkameen River and Hwy 3, lies an area of uplift culminating with Three Brothers Mountain. It is a gentle, dog-friendly summit with a modest amount of elevation gain and about 20 km round trip from the upper trailhead. To get there, one follows a steep road up from the north side of the highway to an overlook with impressive views towards Frosty and peaks in the Pasayten Wilderness just south of the USA-Canada border. Then proceed past the overlook, now on a smooth gravel road to the upper parking area at about 6500ft. Timing is everything, and the Blackwall Road as it's called is typically closed from sometime in September to July, depending on snowmelt. Having gotten word that said road had just been opened the day prior, I made my way out of the clouds blanketing everything to the west and into the glorious sunshine east of the Cascade Crest.

Continuing north on foot, the trail descends to cross Buckhorn Creek before climbing back up onto beautiful meadows with expansive vistas looking south. At a fork with the Bonnevier Trail, I stayed left to remain on the Heather Trail soon reaching a sandy saddle with Three Brothers' SE Face and basin at right. Left the main trail here and kicked dirt up a steep slope to gain the SW Ridge which was easily followed to the summit. Fantastic views to the south with improving weather - Frosty, Hozomeen, Winthrop, Silvertip, the Redoubt and Lago groups - brought back memories of my earlier peakbagging days! Not much to see looking north but, Snass and company were starting to emerge from the clouds to the west. Made my way over to the 7388ft summit (Second Brother?) just opposite the main brother for extra credit, with the Third and Fourth Brother peaks now laid out before me. Which begs the question - why is it called Three Brothers Mountain when in fact there are four brothers in total? Anyway, fun little "eastside" jaunt with a high start and great scenery!

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