To a certain extent my priorities have been in the wrong place, and I haven't taken the time to write-up a report for a while. In some ways it's been nice just to read about everyone else's hiking trips, though I'll admit an element of laziness has crept in. Besides, most of my hikes this year have been repeats, or straight out the 103 hikes book.
In the past, visiting the same mountain many times gave a feeling of tradition and nostalgia that made the trips worthwhile. Hey, don't get me wrong, any hike is better than going to work, but it's apparent that seeking out personal first ascents is more rewarding.
At least this is my first proper TR for Snass, the original one was posted to the gear section by mistake some 5 years ago.https://www.clubtread.com/sforum/topi...TOPIC_ID=27394
Most of the details can be found there, one that stood out personally is that my two dogs featured in the report no longer come along. Jasper passed away a couple years ago, and now Rainy's become badly arthritic at the young age of 8. On some hikes I'll bring along a little Schnauzer now, since he loves it. However, this dog is way too valuable to risk losing, he's by far the smartest one I've met. Besides, despite what he thinks, his position on the food chain is quite low.
The horse people have the Dewdney Trail cleared, but the Whatcom has seen little work done on blow downs. In general the trail seems to be losing popularity, all the open areas are lightly overgrown now, the foot bed faint in these sections. I was travelling with the saw out, mostly cutting dead branches from downed trees to make them easier to pass. A bit higher up an alpine fir was bent across the trail. While sawing through it began cracking, which I thought was just the weight of the top end. Another unseen tree was giving support, and at certain point my tree snapped, springing up like a bad survivorman trap. Now that was some serious chin music!
Unscathed, I put the saw away and carried on to the first nice meadows at the main creek crossing.
Higher up we went through the scenic camping area, then Punch Bowl Pass - one of the highlights of this trail.
The trail splits at the point where you begin to drop down to the lake. Taking the branch to the right will lead to nowhere, so it's important to head straight uphill to gain the West ridge of Snass. Do this anywhere near the pass, and you'll find a climber's track up there which will lead most of the way to the summit. Interspersed are some easy scrambling sections which would be ideal for beginners. Unfortunately, I've been suffering from "cluster migraines", which show up every summer. On the scramble a severe headache descended over me, and I barely made it to a scree area before laying down. An eternity was spent waiting for the Tylenol to take effect. Finally my eyes could open, as life slowly returned to normal. Anyone who's suffered from migraines would know the great relief you feel at the end of one.
Not having much further to go, we finished our journey to the summit area with it's helicopter pad.
The rugged looking Snazzy Peak.
Looking down the North slope to a potential bivy area.
Whiskeyjack - cute and courageous.
Feeling much better now, I set a good pace back along the ridge. From many points you get a fine view of Punchbowl Lake.
This report is a few weeks old now, but I have a recent update that the creek by the camping area still flows.
Never have seen this dry, have you?
Typical Manning Park scene.
From a point far from the peak, you can look back to see it off in the distance. I'll admit to giving a little fist-pump seeing this view, not for victory over the mountain, but for overcoming my reasons for turning back.
Snass, I think six times is enough