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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-09-2008, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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First off I'm gonna give a thanks to the previous people that did TR's on this mountain ( Blackfly,threeprime,trumpetman) for the heads up on the road condition and possible route shortcuts.

Another long day trip for Dblair and I, we had left the burbs at a good time but after driving the brutal logging road for 30km we started hiking at 11:30am, definitely alittle later than expected. Anyways after hiking up the steep well flagged trail, you bust outta the trees in under an hour and are welcomed to this view.

The scrambles route gives a route out to the right and up scree, or on the left side of the creek up some slabs. We decided to take route 1a which consisted of easy slabs and ledges to the right of the creek and best of all avoided any scree, then when at the plateau just crossed the creek on the snow.


Up the grassy gully in the center of the screen which takes you to the upper basin and then from there up onto another ridge


1.The ridge you follow coming outta the basin
2.Porterhouse peak in the background with tubesteak tower to its right[)]


Very nice scambling to get into the gully/ramp that takes you right to the top of the sub-summit ( I think this is the gully Blackfly mentioned to shave off 30minutes or so?


1.Summit from sub-summit
2.Lower ridge
3.Middle ridge
4.Upper ridge
5.Summit shot
6.Summit shot


Random photos from top


1.Coming home cutting across below sub-summit to shave some uphill
2.Getting ready to drop into gully
3.Boot ski


We decided to come down the slab route this time which went fine until we realized the creek was running too fast/high and that there were no dry rocks to hop across anywhere in sight. So with no choice we just walked straight through the creek which actually felt good on the feet.


With our late start we were racing the sunset and had very little time to spare on the way down and ended up getting to the truck about 10 minutes away from headlamp time. The road may be a pain in the ass but the rock was fun, the surrounding peaks amazing to look at, alittle route finding to keep you on your toes. 3 star rating for sure.
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Good one,Al, I'll be reading this one all week [8D]
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Nice [^]! congrats on making the summit [8D]
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Shit yeah!
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Looks like a spectacular, very scenic area. Are there any other peaks you could nip up while there?
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What Darren said.

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Nice shots and beautifull views. I'll add that one to my list (which is getting quite long with all the fantastic TR on this forum!)
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Nice trip, Spectrum. So that's where you were going instead of Robie Reid... Good choice, and amazing weather.

September is possibly my favourite month to hike: more rock and less snow, and the weather can still be excellent - can turn to shits in a hurry too, though.

That's a beautiful area you went to, just a lot of driving from the Lower Mainland.
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So how much time, estimated, might you have saved off of Matt's route description, or was it just a case of Denis wanting nothing to do with scree after the Fissile Fest, Spectrum ? []
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Great trip boys!Good shot of Porterhouse and "tubesteak tower".
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Mmmm tubesteak

Good job fellas. That slab is a lot of fun, though I couldn't imagine doing it with wet feet!

So can you confirm that the 'last' monster cross ditch, about a km or two away from the th, is fairly filled in and not so monster?
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Well done! This one can be elusive! [8D]
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Nice one, Al.[^]

What time did you left Vancouver? How long was the round trip ? (car to car)

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quote:Originally posted by EAK

Looks like a spectacular, very scenic area. Are there any other peaks you could nip up while there?
Ed, Porterhouse and Crear are both fine looking peaks accessed from the same road. There are trip reports on Bivouac.com. the bridge over Crosscut Cr. is no longer drivable so it would be a road walk or bike for Crerar.
Nortonchum, regarding times we were 4.5 hours to the peak from the car and would have been down in less were it not for some routefinding issues re. finding the top of the gully that Blackfly mentioned which resulted in some dicking around in circles looking for it. It's not a particularly long trip as you park right under the peak and the trail to the basin is short and sweet. the logging road is a long drive as it is difficult to make any time due to waterbars, washouts, and a few sinkholes that require close attention lest you drop a wheel in.
BF, Al's mid eighties Toyota 4X4 pickup had no major problems although we did get stuck once likely at the washout you refer to,just needed to take a better line. Since some kind souls cut the large tree it might be a good idea for those planning to get up there to go in the next while before the road becomes undrivable. The encroaching alder is hard on the paint job so beware if you value your vehicle(I like our old Toyotas,they are kind of like me, don't worry about the outside, just keep the running gear in good shape).
It is a beautiful area with one of the shortest approach trails I have had the pleasure of walking and thankfully we didn't see the grizzly bear.


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