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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-20-2013, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Today a group of 5 consisting of Mark, Ron, Karl, Nikki and me headed up to Crossover Peak near Mount Slesse out Chilliwack lake road.

The Nesakwatch FSR was in decent shape when we arrived there shortly after 6am..soon enough we were crossing the river on logs and starting our long ascent to the ridge/peak up through the steep forest.

I think it must have been 6 hours or so by the time we got to the final crux/summer ascent route for Crossover.

Once we were there, Mark quickly found his way up there after trying the vertical route first and coming to the conclusion that there was an easier way by following a bench to the right...I tried the bench too but didn't get a warm fuzzy feeling so I focused on the vertical climb instead. I almost convinced myself that I couldn't do it but in my final try I ended up getting into the swing of things and found some holds.

The others stayed below and decided to head back to our lunch spot where our gear was waiting. No warm fuzzy feelings to be had there either I guess.

Mark and I continued climbing big blocks, skirting on little ledges and eventually found a notch right below the summit. This looks good! We climbed up and had the biggest smiles on our faces because we had made it...our last attempt was in October last year in this area.

I used Mark's rope to back climb the vertical bit back down to the steep snow while Mark rap'd himself down..

We made a quick return to meet up with the others down below by digging our crampons into the soft (now slushy) snow while almost running back. The scenery in this area is absolutely stellar!!

We all posed for some pictures in front of Karl's carefully positioned camera, had some snacks and headed back to the truck.

When I checked my watch as we pulled back into Chilliwack it was around 6:47pm..we had been in 'adventure mode' since 5:30am

Here are some shots from the day!
Thank you Karl, Mark, Nikki and Ron for being such great sports and for sharing another adventure in the mountains..

Cheers,
Kelly


Mount Slesse View from Steep forest

Crossover Peak East

Mount Slesse and surroundings

Eastern shoulder of crossover looking back towards Rexford.

Heading up the south facing ridge /snow

View from the summit

Goofy self photo..

Just before crux..getting ready to climb up

Mark's smiling..summit=happiness..
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Wow! Good job guys! Those are some spectacular vantages. Glad Slesse stayed open and visible for you too! I'll have to try that one one day!
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[url]Awesome trip Kelly & Mark, thank you both for letting me know and setting this up. I got some pictures from my Kodak camera, I will post from the Sony DSLR Tomorrow including the group shots. This set includes some zooms, a few of Kelly downclimbing back to thesnow.


K Crossover summit block

Kelly having fun..with the rock

Nikki heading down

Some of gear is down there below..

Mt. Rexford across the valley

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Awesome stuff guys; great trip, amazing views and killer crew!!! Looking forward to the rest of the pictures.

BTW, is this Crossover East summit? I did the west one but haven't yet bagged the east.
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Awesome stuff guys; great trip, amazing views and killer crew!!! Looking forward to the rest of the pictures.

BTW, is this Crossover East summit? I did the west one but haven't yet bagged the east.
Thanks Ben.

Yeah, last October we attempted the West summit and this year it just worked out that we had our eyes on the East summit. The snow sure makes it easy to get up close and personal with those ridges.
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Great job guys! I hope to be able to engage in this sort of thing after knee surgery.
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Looks like an awesome day, almost makes me wish I was home.
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Nice climb and hike. how long did it take to reach the "lunch spot"
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Nice climb and hike. how long did it take to reach the "lunch spot"
Thanks.
I think it took us between 5&6 hrs..maybe Karl or Mark could chime in and confirm.
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Glad that you made it and were able to take in the stellar scenery!
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Good to see you were able to get up there. Was there much ice activity coming down in around Slesse? Any photos of the cirque?



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What an awesome day out!! Thanks everyone for the fun, I had a blast, even though I didn't have that "warm fuzzy feeling" for the final crux. Just means I will have to go back when I build up just a bit more confidence, or get more sleep. Yeah Im still blaming it on the lack of sleep.

I have never ventured into the Slesse area so the views were a first for me and it was great to get yet another perspective of the local mountains.

From the trail head to the beginning of the memorial site/ crossover trailhead


Crossover trail head to lunch spot


Lunch spot to the crux


Then the trip down


Thanks everyone for the great day out, and thanks to Kelly for doing some trail clearing. High 5's!

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Thanks to Karl, Ron and Nikki for joining Kelly and I in our obsession to bag this peak. We have had it on our list for a few years and it feels great to check it off. The day ended up perfect and the conditions couldn't of been better.

A few stats from the day, 14.5k, 1672m ascent, 11 hours truck to truck.

One of the creek crossings
Tip of Crossover East
South East ramp to Crossover
Climbing up ramp from the gear drop
My first attempt up South East ramp, summit up far left.
Back around bottom to Crossover West/Crossover East ridge to Crux centre
Looking down from top of Crux to snow field.
Kelly on the Summit
Summit looking back down the ridge to the rap station



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Well done!!

Here is a zoom taken of Slesse range including Crossover (just left of center) taken from Thurston yesterday. I was thinking of your group as I looked across the valley.

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