Last Saturday, I joined a BCMC trip to Sun God and Seven O'Clock Mountains led by Jeff Han.
Here are some stats of the trip.
Sun God summit 2421m (7943ft)
Seven O'Clock summit 2341m (7680ft)
Elevation gain ~1547m (5076ft)
Round trip 12.6 km
Round trip time ~ 9 hours
Snow line ~1900m (6234ft)
We met at the St. David church parking lot in West Vancouver at 5:00AM and drove to Pemberton. There we bumped into Alastair and Andrzej at the McDonald's gas station. After a brief chitchat with them we found out that they were on the way for the three day trip. The North Tenas Branch 8 forest service road had quite a few big rough water bars. Our Subarus had a tough time to negotiate through them. People had to get out of the Subarus very often to make their clearance higher. It slowed down us quite a bit. It took almost five hours to get to the trailhead. We set off for the hike at 9:40 AM. From the parking spot we picked the straight line to the col between Sun God and Seven O'Clock and started bushwhacking through the forest. The approach was very steep, but fast. When we emerged from the trees to the alpine the first show patches showed up. A little bit over an hour and we were at the small lake, just below the col. From the lake the route was straight forward. We ascended broad, easy talus slopes of the Sun God southwest ridge to the summit block. Then a little scramble over the summit block and we were at the summit. It took us 3 hours to get to the summit. It was very windy and cold, but sunny at the summit. The views were fantastic in all directions. After spending a quality time at the Sun God summit we were off for Seven O'Clock mountain. I was running out of water, so I had to drop down to the lake. It involved some boulder hopping and a crummholz walking through. The easiest way was to stay on the ridge (the rib) at the col. That was what the rest of the group did. Ascent of Seven O'clock was much tougher for me. It was a more complex terrain, more Ups and Downs. Also, the weather turned bad. It became cold and foggy, with a poor visibility. Strong winds blew across the eastern ridge during the ascent. We got confused at the summit plateau trying to figure out where the summit was. Finally, using the GPS technology we found the summit. The summit of Seven O'Clock was not technical at all. It was just a little bump at the summit plateau. We didn't have much views there, everything was covered by the clouds. Naturally, we split into two groups during the Seven O'Clock ascent. Both groups summited in a 10-15 minutes interval. We didn't stay long at Seven O'Clock summit. It was so cold and windy at the summit, so we decided not to wait for each other over there. We took a few pictures and went down. We regrouped at the lake. Then we bushwhacked down to the cars. Actually, only on the way down I realized how steep the route was. We were back at the cars at 6:30 PM. It was still a daylight. Then it was a long drive back to home. It was a great trip indeed. Thanks Jeff for leading this trip. Huge thanks to our drivers for driving the tough North Tenas Branch 8 forest service road.
Here are some pictures from the trip
(*JH*) – pictures of Jeff Han courtesy.
1. Parking spot. We were late a little bit. It was tough to drive North Tenas road for our Subarus. Our lady drivers did an excellent job. After driving this road both Subarus had the low rear tires. We had to stop in Whistler at the gas station to pump the low tires.
2. Bushwhack was steep. Also we had to cross a couple boulder fields.
3. Emerging from the trees. The first show patches welcomed us.
1. Small lake below the Sun God - Seven O'Clock col. There were a lot of boulders around there.
2. View of Sun God from the lake.
3. Going up to Sun God. View of Ronayne and Ronayne E2 (left)
1. View of the Sun God summit block from the ridge.
The summit of Sun God. We summited at 12:30PM
1. Jeff R. at the summit. It was windy up there.
2. The south-west ridge of Sun God. Seven O'Clock mountain is at the back. Our group in coming to the summit.
3. Dave. The few last steps to the summit.
4. Nikolai and Ye.
5. Pavel. Cheers, everyone!
7. Dave and Pavel.
8. Our leader Jeff Han. Seven O'Clock is over there.
Then we went down to the col.
1. Sun God.
2. It was beautiful and sunny at the col. Seven O'clock at rear right.
3. Cerulean Lake.
4. Our group descending Sun God.
1. At the Seven O'clock summit plateau. The summit is a small bump behind Jeff H.
Seven O'Clock. We summited at 3:40 PM.
1. We have done it!!!
2. Ye at the summit cairn.
3. Tough guy Rodolfo. Who said you need gaiters, a softshell pants and mountaneering boots? Jeans are OK too.
4. Nikolai celebrating the summit.
5. Jeff H. trying to set up his camera.
6. Summit group shot.
7. One of the "views" when the clouds were gone.
8. Ye and Jeff R are ready to leave the summit.
1. Descending the east ridge down to the lake.
1. Our group is ready to drop down to the bushes.
2. The bushwhacking route starts here.
1. GPS tacks of the trip.
2. GPS stats of our trip.
You can look at some more pictures at David's flickr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/doveral...7627741447131/