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post #16 of (permalink) Old 05-04-2010, 01:19 PM
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I was last up that way in 1986. Stayed in a cabin at the pass while doing some prospecting that summer. I don't know if there is still a cabin there or not now. Anyway hiked up the hill on the south side of the valley which was probably much like the trip report for terrain. I'll just add that it is probably better to hike there with snow on the ground because in the summer you'll be crawling through 4 foot high bush and the bugs will be crawling on you.
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TMC, no we didn't see any of your old flagging tape.

Stoked, snow cover was pretty continuous from 700m up. It was a couple of meters deep at the Stawamus-Indian River Pass.

Brett, my camera is the Panasonic DMC ZS3, compact wide angle with 12x zoom (new model ZS7 just released). I usually end up shooting the same shot in different settings (I find that standard mode works best usually). I then clean up the images in basic (Quick Fix) Photoshop.
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I wondered if you still went out. Nicely done boys.
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That's weird tinman! That's essentially what I did (geological mapping and stream sampling, anyway, in the summer of 1986), covering the headwaters of the Stawamus and Indian drainages. We spent a fair amount of time in that cabin in the process. You weren't working for Minnova, were you?
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Nice one!
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I loved your pictures Simon, did you put an additional lens on your camera? Nice trip of what was a very drizzly day here in da Wack.
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No additional lense Lynn. I have been thinking about getting a filter just to see how it works out.

I'm starting to get the urge to try for Mount Jukes (highest official peak in the Fannin Range) as a bike and hike if anyone is interested.
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post #23 of (permalink) Old 05-20-2016, 02:54 AM
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With the reopening of the Stawamus-Indian River FSR these past few months life got easier for access to The Sky Pilot area via Shannon Creek FSR. South along the ridge from Mount Mulligan is a minor summit named (officially) Baldwin. Most people don't probably bother with it as it is dwarfed by all of its larger neighbours. But with road access now possible, the inclement weather of late and having the always present urge to ascend something new - well, here's the report.

On Saturday with the promise of clearing skies in the afternoon, Shrubhugger (Ramsay) and I didn't meet up until after lunch. We proceeded to drive to Squamish and take the Mamquam River FSR for 4km or so before turning off onto the Stawamus-Indian River FSR. This is the road that would take you all the way to the head of Indian Arm if not washed out about 10km along. You could probably still bike it if you so wished once all the snow goes near the pass.

The road is in pretty good shape with one waterbar right after the Shannon Creek FSR turnoff. Further along we encounter a grader and a guy working a large excavator. He's building a landing for logging. We had a quick chat and he gave us a run down on the road ahead. Continuing onwards we pass another landing. After that there are a few minor waterbars and then we get to a minor washout at around km 7.2 (685m elevation). Snow started on the other side of that, so we parked there.

First though, I went into the washout on the down stream side to avoid some rocks. Didn't notice the drop off, so the truck bottomed out and got stuck. With Ramsay using some wood as a lever we got out of that with no problems. I dumped some wood to smooth out the drop, but most high clearance 4x4s should have no problem.

Minor washout and parking spot.

We walked up the road on snow for about 1.3km to the pass area (power lines over the road at this point). A couple of minutes of open area and then we enter the forest. A little steep for a while, but the forest is nice and open and makes for a very pleasant ascent.

The grade eases for a while.

Ramsay on the southwest shoulder.

Quite a few clouds still around the peaks, but as the afternoon wore on things were definitely getting better. Baldwin has two summits of near same elevation and we chose to go up the southern one first. It was an easy approach from the south side and some nice views along with a gusty wind greeted us when we topped out.

Ramsay heading up to the southern peak.

Looking at the true summit. Habrich is rear left and Mulligan South (Anif Peak on Bivouac) is rear right.

Mount Sheer to the SSW.

This peak caused us some consternation as to what it was. In the end we figured it to be Hixon Peak. You can see Coquitlam Mountain right behind it.

Ledge is visible, but Sky Pilot has yet to shed it's cloud around the summit.

After half an hour of sight-seeing we drop off the northwest side of the peak and make our way over and up the true summit. Elevation here is a paltry 1495m, but the advantage to that is that all the other peaks look pretty dramatic from here. Alpen is the exception as logging roads and cutblocks cover most of its east side. And, a lot of the higher mountains in the area still have clouds hiding their peaks.

Mount Bonnycastle to the southeast.

Ben Lomond and Red Mountain. Eastcap and Daniels (east of Appian) rear left with Ben More and Ben Lui rear right.

South looking summit shot with Baldwin south peak behind.

The sun is now shining brightly and we end up spending well over an hour on the summit enjoying the late afternoon views.

Mount Jukes, Haggis Peak, Bagpipe, Ben Lomond, Red and Mount Sheer.

Mount Sheer, Ledge, a mostly cloudless Sky Pilot and The Co-Pilot.

Ramsay looking cool

Mount Jukes at left, Haggis Peak centre and Bagpipe at right.

Meslilloet to the southeast. Our route from last year follows most of the rear ridge line from the left.

Even with a stiff breeze we were reluctant to leave, but we did. Dropping off the south face we pick up our up track and start to head down.

We views like this, I didn't mind missing the Canucks game.

Ramsay on the small plateau with the summit and south summit behind.

We drop down to the shoulder and grab a few more pictures before heading back into the open forest and some good snow sliding back down.

One more shot of Ben Lomond and Red.

And a zoom on Haggis Peak.

Heading down through the forest.

This is about as difficult as it gets (as in it ain't).

Back to the road and down we go to finish up near sun down. Round trip was 5.5 hours and we spent over 1.5 hours on the summits, so this was a very easy going trip. Elevation gain was about 810m. After a couple of Mexi Cokes and one of those large chocolate chip cookies we packed up and headed for home.

Map of route.
I am delighted to find your photos of Mount Baldwin. I hope you are still active on this site as I would like to know if you were aware of the wreckage and the memorial cairn in honour of the crew of RCAF Strenrear 946 that is apparently 10 meters below the ridge of MOUNT BALDWIN. I have presumed to use your photo on a virtual memorial giving your credit as "simonc at". In the early 1970s I spent much time hiking about in the area but generally further north. Alas, I am sad to say now rather old & unfit, however was delighted to see that such a short hike leads to such inspiring views that would be quite in order for some of the younger hikers in our family. Please check out our Grandmother's brother: Charles Murray Ross who was killed in the crash and missing for six years. His memorial is at # 18428308. I am assuming to post your photo in advance and hope that with the credit given you will approve. In order to post this photo at "Canada's Virtual War Memorial" I would need your approval though. The exact location map is in the book, "The Last Journey of Royal Canadian Air Force Stranraer 946", by Michael Wallace RPF (Ret.), Squamish, BC Aug 2012. The crew was ferrying a plane from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and whilst en route to Pat Bay from Penticton BC they encountered severe weather including snow; static radio; and reported at 1400 hours reported they were low on fuel, one hour after their arrival. The RCAF searched for them for over two weeks and but it was not until 1947 that the site was discovered. In 1988 the local boy scouts and Mike Wallace placed a memorial cairn at the site.
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post #24 of (permalink) Old 05-21-2016, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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I had no idea there was a plane crash on Mount Baldwin. With the snow cover we wouldn't have seen the memorial cairn either. Thank you for posting about it and please go ahead and use any photos from this report.

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post #25 of (permalink) Old 10-18-2017, 01:07 PM
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Intrigued by the post above about the plane crash, I've had Mt. Baldwin on the radar as a trip to do and hopefully find the wreckage. With the Stawamus road being in quite good condition and not much to do over Thanksgiving, Nick and I decided to go have a look. We followed SimonC's ascent route from the road. It's pretty mellow ascent through fairly thick salmonberry and alder which was unpleasant. We arrived at the summit and spiraled around. We figured "10 meters below the summit" meant more like: within 100 m of the summit. No luck, so we headed over to the NE peak and tagged that as well. No wreckage or cairn anywhere in sight so we headed down going almost directly down the drainage off the summit to the road and only had minor cliffyness to avoid. Unlike most Coastal bushwhacks that at least feature some exciting alpine time, this was essentially a bushwhack up and then back down with very little reward. Probably better as a ski trip in the spring...

So now I'm curious, is the plane within 10m of a different peak? Or somewhere else along the ridge? Or did we just miss it? I guess we'll have to go look again...
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