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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-18-2009, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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A seldom-summitted mountain north of Whistler that has the distinction of being the only Whistler-area peak with glacial striations right across its broad summit, Cougar Mountain is the quickest way to experience Canadian Shield-like topography without driving or flying from Whistler.

With recent convectional disturbances in the afternoons, the stage was set for some really un-Whistler-like experiences. We found them on Cougar in abundance. No beta on the trails, but a great place to head out and explore. Bet you won't find anyone else out there!



Note that this area is largely untrailed, and travellers planning to make the summit should have very good routefinding and backcountry travel skills. Experience with complex micro-terrain is recommended, as the faulted and glaciated nature of the upper mountain provides numerous challenges in routefinding.

The many lakes and small streams provide excellent breeding grounds for biting insects. Currently, the blackfly population density would make true northern-Ontarians proud.

This trip was a traverse of the entire mountain, ending at the Ancient Cedar Grove above the Showh Lakes. Certainly worthwhile if you like places where there will be little sign of other's passing.


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wow mitch nice trek!

Looks like Wedge is done for the year.

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mmm, micro-terrain, yummy!
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 06-18-2009, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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quote:Looks like Wedge is done for the year.
Why? What's up?

Just heard this evening on CBC news that forest fire danger in Whistler has reached extreme...

How come it's raining outside the window right now?
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Very nice! [8D]
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Nice explore!
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