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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, August 25, 2023

Mount Sheer (& Ben More) - Southwest Ridge, August 2022



Spent a couple days in the Mountain Lake area, long a place I've wanted to visit, camp at hut, bag peaks etc. Relatively close to home, drive wise, but definitely a sense of being out there. So cool to have this in the "backyard"!

First overnighter for me in ages. No key to ulock gate, so took bike but with the added weight on my shoulders and steepness, it wasn't till about the 5.5 km mark where it wasn't constant on again off again hike-a-bike. Some confusion with the FSR junctions after the 3-way there with the Beth Lake fork, but common sense prevailed and I got to the trailhead after a good 2.5 hrs of sweating. Trail is easy to follow and seems to have been maintained recently, bit overgrown here and there but pretty good all things considered. Hot ass grunt up the south facing switchbacks before reaching the granite and lakes wonderland up there. 6 sweaty hours to hut, whereupon the first bugs of the day were encountered. Note that it had rained the night before, so bugs were still a bit subdued for the time being at least.

Chatted with a group of teens there at hut before dumping gear and heading off for Sheer. Took "high" route there an low route back, lotsa route finding and some exposure. Neat little scramble once on route! About 1:15 to summit from hut. Pretty damn buggy after returning to hut and for the rest of my time up on the plateau. Had designs on Ben Lomond the following day, but ended up on Ben More after dropping gear at Wind Lake instead. Got to the first talus bowl, said f'k that and figured it be better to get up on the ridge and follow that to BL. Did that and got a good look at all the ups n' downs in the way and said meh, not necessary, plus the bugs were starting to get to me. A Ben is better than no Ben's I say.

Back to bike and 30 mins later back to cold beer at car. Those were some smokin' brake rotors I tell ya!

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Thursday, August 10, 2023

Shulaps Peak - via Brett Creek Trail, August 2022



Not a lot of reports from out here, so sharing some info for those who might be curious. Car camped the night before at the free rec. site there below Terzaghi Dam. No bugs...sweet! Up 'n at em the next morning, Marshal Lake Road good for any vehicle. Decided against committing to the spur that reaches the upper trailhead as the truck is in the shop (seized differential) and there's zero forgiveness for pinstriping my wife's fancy SUV. Lower trailhead is a bit obscure but starts at the road bend where there's a white sign that reads Brett Creek Meadows. Adds a nominal amount of vert and distance, but oddly enough is the steepest part of the trail.

Great trail up to alpine, popular with the MTB crowd (Brett Creek Trail). About 1:40 to the equestrian cabin up there. Continued past cabin, now cross country into the large drainage SE of the peak. Pleasant hike through meadows, then turned up the talus apron that lies below a stream/waterfall descending from the enormous talus & scree bowl above. Endless plod up to a saddle in the ridge, with just a couple easily avoidable snow patches. Then finally up the ridge for a longer than expected scramble to summit. No real hands-on action unless you go looking for it. Just under 4 hrs to summit and about 5900ft gain not including all the little ups 'n downs. Comfortable temps and plenty of water sources on route. A worthy trip IMO, cool to see a different corner of range!

Bugs & other critters: none until the meadows beyond the cabin, but nothing noteworthy and then just the pesky horse fly as you go higher. Surprising! Didn't encounter a soul until returning to cabin, where there now were humans with their horses and bikes (jealous). There apparently was a griz in the meadow just past the cabin the day before. Glad I missed out on that!

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