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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-10-2011, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Default Above the clouds on Cloudraker Jun 3 2011

I had always wanted to climb Cloudraker since seeing it 15-20 years ago while hiking in the Lizzie Lake area. Unfortunately it was a long ways off then and even longer now if you want to go in from that direction because of the road being out. However after scanning the area in google earth I noticed some fresh clearcuts on the south side of the mountain in the Rogers Creek drainage that may provide easier access. I had read that the Rogers Creek FSR had been gated and locked in the past but wasn't mentioned in a TR from 2009
http://bcmc.ca/members/ViewReport.as...wTrip&RepId=51
Since it was a Friday and I was going alone I decided to give it a try anyway, if it was locked my plan B was to do something off the Duffey,

The logging road I used is in the new clearcut directly below Cloudraker. The party in the other tr used the logging road to the east which climbs even higher.

The gate turned out to be open and there was a notice of mineral exploration in the area. Further up the road I passed a landing with boxes of core samples laid out everywhere and then a camp with a trailer and four large tents and a bunch of quads but didn't see anyone. I found the branch road that I had seen in GE and it was in good shape but very steep. I think I drove most of the way up in 4 low and in 1st gear. I was only expecting to get to 7 or 800m before hitting snow but surprisingly was able to get to 1150m and within a few hundreds meters of the end of the road.

After a short 100m hike through the clearcut I was in the old growth, and within 10 mins there was enough snow to put on the skis and start skinning up. The snow in the forest was pretty hard but softened up considerably as I skied above treeline at around 1700m. Although I was in a complete whiteout the route finding was straight forward, all I had to do was go up until I hit the southeast ridge. At 2150 m I ran into a small step where I ditched the skis and scrambled over, it doesn't look like much in the picture but there was a class 3 move with some exposure. Perhaps it's a lot easier when it's not covered in snow. The clouds started to break at this point and I just kicked steps the rest of the way up to the summit at 2385m. Fortunately the weather was clearing and I was afforded with views of higher distant peaks but not much in the immediate area.

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Slalok Mountain, Mount Matier & Mount Howard

Nivalis Mountain & Mt Sir Richard

Mount Weart

Mt James Turner & Wedge Mountain

Snow Pillow Peak

Greymantle Mountain

Unnamed peaks at the head of Rogers Creek

1200m elev gain, 4.25 hrs up, 1.5 hrs down

Most of the remaining clouds lifted as I descended, once back on skis I had a quick ski run back to treeline losing 600m in the spring wet cement. The snow in the forest was still very hard and I chose to just carry the skis and walk down. In retrospect I think snowshoes are probably better suited for this trip.

It wasn't that late in the day yet so I decided to drive a few km down the road and check out the Skookemchuck hot springs before heading back home.


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Nicely done! Sometimes I love the cloudy days, makes for very interesting photos. Wow,looks like you really cut down your descent time with the ski's.

Those hotsprings look interesting and don't look to be that busy, can only see 1 guy there. Would you recommend?
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Nice.Now there is one you seldom hear about.
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thanks for posting on CT again Gerry
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Nice trip and report Gerry. This area is 4WD access only I assume?
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Nicely done! Sometimes I love the cloudy days, makes for very interesting photos. Wow,looks like you really cut down your descent time with the ski's.

Those hotsprings look interesting and don't look to be that busy, can only see 1 guy there. Would you recommend?
They're nice for a soak; I've never seen more than a couple people using them. If the gate keeper is around you'll have to pay $5 for access.

If you drive aways further, there are non-commercial springs.
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Springbow, there are two other tubs that are actually nicer than those in the picture but they had people in them so I didn't bother to point my camera at them. There is a caretaker there and they charge 7.50 per visitor, so if you happen to be in the area after a hike it would be worth it to stop in but I wouldn't go out of my way for them. They also have a nice campground there by the river.

Craig, the road was quite good and not water barred but was very steep, and would probably be pretty hard on most cars.

Your welcome Boris. I'll try to post more of the obscure peaks that I climb in the future as well.
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The gate is supposed to be closed. Not sure why it wasn't.
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Nice one Gerry. I've wondered about Cloudraker
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Looks like a good one.
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Good to see you getting out more sir
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Nice one Gerry. Thanks for the report.
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Very cool trip and well planed trip Gerry. [8D]
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nice trip.
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Different aspect[8D]. Moe at right I think.

Good Trip.

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