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  • American Mountain & Mount Lincoln - hike/snowshoe (May 2023)
  • Mount Mclean Attempt, Red Rock Trail, Dragons Back Trail - hike (May 2023)
  • Stawamus Chief (South, Middle & North) - hike/scramble (June 2023)
  • Flint & Feather - hike/scramble (June 2023)
  • Goat Ridge (Squamish) - hike (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 (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)

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Tuesday, April 18, 2024

Slhanay Peak - Slhanay Peak Trail, April 2023

With the sudden onset of warm Spring weather starting in April, we hung up the boards for the season and traded-in our snow boots for hiking kicks. Nobody was in the mood for a long drive, big vert or suffering up something obscure out in the back of beyond just yet, and Pepper was coming, so I had to dig deep for a venue suitable for all. Slhanay Peak in Squamish fit the bill perfectly with a pleasant loop hike, great views of Stawamus Chief and Squamish Valley, and low enough to remain below the isothermal snow line. It is considerably lesser traveled than the Chief with its three summits, so if you desire some solitude on your hike, this be the one. That said, I find the Chief to be much more interesting, both in terms of variety (i.e. via ferrata) and views, but if you've already been up it a number of times as I have then Slhanay makes for a good alternative.

We parked at a small pullout on the Mamquam FSR about 1.5 km from where we turned off Hwy 99. The trail is easy to follow, albeit steep at times, requiring one to clamber up boulders and roots. We gained the forested ridge in short order and followed a pretty moss-lined trail to the NE towards our peak, making a short detour to a bluff with a fantastic view overlooking the Squamish Valley. Backtracked to the main Slhanay Trail and followed that on up to the summit proper. Note that there are multiple trails through here, so an offline map or GPX would be useful. The summit is somewhat treed with partially obstructed views, but what more can you ask for from a summit barely over 2000 feet? We followed a different trail for a portion of our return to make another viewpoint, this time with a bench and up-close views of the Olesen Creek Valley on the Chief's backside. Cold refreshments were calling, so hurried back down to the car and off to our usual Squamish watering hole to complete the day!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Cowboy Ridge - via Musical Bumps, April 2023

Back out to the Musical Bumbs, this time for some Cowboy Ridge action. Up n' over Flute, taking a direct descent to the next saddle this time, before ascending Oboe. Down again now to the Oboe-Cowboy Ridge (CR) saddle before the final ascent to CR. All this is a very well traveled area in the Whistler slackcountry with a mix of groups ranging from day-trippers to those travelling to and from the Kees & Claire Hut out by Russet Lake. Great views from CR "summit" towards Fissile Peak with several parties making their way up towards the various chutes on its N - NW Face. I've ridden down from CR several times previously to and from other adventures in the area, but never via the steeper and more interesting slopes at skiers right. I've eyed this zone a number of times over the years from Flute and such and have long desired to leave my own tracks down it! The choicest pitch there is a "known producer" so stable conditions are must. That said, it does get skied all winter long. Anyway, a fine steep run with great snow when I did it and a perfect closeout to the ski season for me, the only bummer being the longish commute back to the lifts!

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