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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-21-2012, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Alhike and I spent a pleasant day ascending this peak above the northwest end of Chehalis Lake. Part of Mount Orrock slid down into that lake nearly 5 years ago and made a hell of a mess.

We started the ascent from a couple of hundred metres up North Skwellepil Creek Road (same road used to access south sides of Stonerabbit, Ratney and Bardean). Some new logging in this area along the roadside. Basically it's a typical no trail west coast bushwack with no technical difficulties, just some minor route finding in the dense forest. Not too bushy though for the most part. Lot's of minor bluffs to have fun scrambling up too.

Al scrambles.

Further up we reach a very old burn area and on a scenic bluff we take a break. The sound of chainsaws across the valley had been with us all day and from here we could barely see someone at work cutting down trees in a new cutblock off the south Skwellepil Creek Road.

Snags from an old burn, looking back down our route and Chehalis Lake.

Nice view point.

Things get steep for a 100m or so of elevation but no issues as we hit snow around 900-1000m. We wind our way up around more small bluffs until things level off. From here we get a good view down to the lake and the start point of the large slide. Looking across the lake it looks like the level is really low. Not so as the tidal wave from the slide swept across the lake and took out all vegetation etc. on the other side.

It looks like this.

We continued up the ridge turning more west as we near the summit. Lot's of cloud around obscuring the bigger peaks. Ratney/Bardean peaks never really came into view, though Stonerabbit did make an appearance.

Stonerabbit.

Broad view Stonerabbit to Clarke area.

Wilson Lake to the SW.

1565m summit shot with Clarke behind.

Walking back along the broad summit ridge.

Zoom on Urquhart over Orrock's eastern ridge.

Heading back down. The old burn covers a good sized area on the SSE ridge (our route) and over to the eastern ridge above where the slide started (not the cause of the slide as I think that was from heavy rain and freeze/thaw).

And a look back up at one of many bluffy sections.

A nice little peak to check off and the huge Sasquatch Burgers later on really hit the spot.

Map of route.
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Fantastic.
Stone Rabbit sure is inviting.
Nice pictures...way to go you guys!

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Enjoyed the report. You're getting to some nice areas again.
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Urquhart sure looks imposing in that shot.
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It was an enjoyable day. Good idea Simon, as the peak is a perfect vantage to a spectacular view. Too bad the clouds cut the top off.

simon's shots cover the area well; so here are just a couple more. First is Simon kicking up his heels and second is me letting my white hair down
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Enjoyable read Simon, like your shot of Stone Rabbit, an impressive stone monument.

From Al's picture it looks like you are taking flying leaps uphill, no wonder you cover so much ground in a short time.

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Interesting Report Simon & Al! Nice shots of the neighbouring Mtns. I really liked seeing what the slide looks like from above. Simon; may I suggest SPF 35 for your knees, they look to be glowing red!
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That was a nice objective! It looks like the southern aspect of the route makes for a higher snow line...although your pic of Wilson Lake shows the amount of snow still left in the deep valleys! Could you see any change in the road going up Skwellepil Creek.
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Simon's on a peak and all's right with the world! About a month ago I had plans to climb this and then car camp @ Chehalis North with a non-hiking friend. In the end we were stopped by snow on the Mystery FSR and had to improvise. I ended up slogging up some no-name ridge on Kirkland Creek instead...

Glad to see somebody giving Orrock the attention it needs.
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Nice report Simon. I always love hearing from you.
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^ Nice work Darren

Hey Simon it's been a while since you've been in the mountains, nice to see you back.
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Ed, I don't know the shape of N. Skwellepil further up. But, some other guys drove up past us when we were drinking beer after the hike and they didn't come back down during the 20 minutes we were sitting there. It would be nice if the road got cleaned up past the slide near km 4.

FB - your "moderated" rant produced a result.

Mr B. The red knees was more from bush scratches than sun I think. We got many on this day.
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Nice one

Spunky and I got hung up on some steep slippery stuff without snow on that route, several years ago, before the slide, and had to bail around 850 or 900m or so.

Looks like your route went a bit more RT than ours.
Man, its been that long eh?
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Now I remember who wrote a previous report on Orrock (AT & Spunky). There must be some amazing views up there on a clear day, not a bad summit for the peak baggers.
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