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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-29-2014, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Default Hanging on to September Sun - Coquihalla Mt. : )

September 28, 2014


On our way, just as the sun pokes out above the hills. : )




Our first frost encounter of the season.




Autumn colours. : )




Getting our feel for crumbly rock, and reacting to distant gunshots. : )




A view of the east ridge to Coquihalla Mt. from the tarn below Jim Kelly Peak. The summit is that dark peak poking out just above center of pic.




Looking south, and where we are heading, from the pass below Jim Kelly. : )




Looking up at the east ridge as we travel over unstable talus along the south side. : )




I hadn't done too much research on this one, so the route up to the summit was a guess at this point. We head for that ridge and start following it up. Getting up to the ridge is basically a series of switchbacking ledges on crumbly rock and then route your way along the rocky spine.




Katie showing me the way. Straight up the center of this picture on more crumbly rock. : )




She didn't need my help, so was out of sight on the peak well in advance of myself. I'm using all 4's to clamber up and then poke my head up at the top expecting to see Katie checking out a cairn, but instead I am face to face with a steep gully dropping down the north side with only about 2-3' of rock between the two sides. Caught me off guard.




I carefully pull myself up, and there she is checking out the summit cairn. : )




Team J & K. : )




Tried for another family portrait overlooking the east ridge, but I think she thought I was trying to take her down that way, so she didn't follow. : )




Views south-east.




Cool looking lake to the south.




"Pull out the soggy fish, will ya!" : )




We head over to the bump on the west side to see if/how the views changed. East ridge, with the summit and cairn on the right.




Lunch. She knows the routine. : )




We hear voices coming from the east ridge, but can't make out anyone.




Action shot leaving the summit. This was the most difficult part because of the rock debris and how crumbly it was. I had to be careful not to send any rock down her way.




The way back. Basically follow the unstable talus around. Great ankle test. : )




Not Jim Kelly's best side. : )




Pika patrol. : )




View from the pass. Needle, Markhor, Alpaca and Vicuna off in the distance. : )




One last goodbye. : )




Chilling out at the tarn below Jim Kelly.




Our first mountain goat encounter. : )




Ilal Meadows, and where we came across some fellow CT's. Great to meet you guys, and hopefully you were able to salvage much of that sandwich. [:I]




"Dude, one more second and that sandwich would have been all mine.". [B)]




Wish I could do that on a long drive home. : )




We love September! : )

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What a great area to be on an equally great day. The air was filled with sweet fragrance, and those frost nipped blueberries were the most intensely flavoured I've experienced.
That was denis43, bcassels and myself on the E.Ridge.
Damn it! I almost got to meet Katie.

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John - it was nice meeting you and Katie in the meadows. Nice trip report and photos - now I know what I missed out on skipping Coquihalla... looks like a fun scramble and a cool ridge to explore up there. [8D]
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Love that, have to try to get Frank up there again, I see in one pic you have one of our favourites, Brunswick sardines

Nice !

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Brett: I saw/heard you guys shouting down as we were heading back along the south side talus, but couldn't make out what you were shouting, who you were, or if it was directed at us.

Looks like a spectacular ridge to follow. How was the exposure? More than a scramble? Feel free to share your trip and any photos in this report, if you wish to. : )

Sean: Thanks again, Sean. It was a great day. : )

Mark: Thanks. I'm still getting use to sardines, but Katie absolutely loves them. : )
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Nice one John, enjoyed your pictures and your narrative. You have a enticing style of writing for the reader, makes it fun.

Did thise three or more years back, remember how the rock layers slant downslope and have lots of loose stuff on top. Took care not to step on those and slide off. Saw some bears lower down then, but no goats.

Sweet place it is, I thought at the time I would like to return and try that mountain with the interesting lake.

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You have an extraordinary relationship with that dog. Supremely adapted to the alpine. I stole a photo of her once...
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Brett: I saw/heard you guys shouting down as we were heading back along the south side talus, but couldn't make out what you were shouting, who you were, or if it was directed at us.
We didn't notice you John - we were just too busy having fun up on the ridge.

We encountered some Class 4 scrambling at the base of the NE Buttress - there may be (somewhat) easier options. Once on the ridge proper it's no more than solid Class 3 scrambling except for a short exposed downclimb just above the last notch where the ridge beyond continues finally to the main summit. Or you can drop through an easy narrow chimney/slot and then proceed into the notch.

We lingered at the summit for 45 min., then opted to return via the South side of the mountain (next time we'll take the NW Ridge).

Comment: Although generally stable, the rock is fractured. Check your handholds and footholds diligently before committing to them.

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Karl: Thanks : )

noman: Thank you. I'm very lucky to connect with, and understand canines so well. : )

Brett: Thanks for sharing your trip and pictures. Looks like an amazing day, and perhaps one I will experience in a few years or so. : )
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I enjoy your reports. Cool mountain goat picture.
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Nice pictures Brett
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I enjoy your reports. Cool mountain goat picture.
Really appreciate hearing that, Alastair, thank you. You've caught me off guard here. All this time on CT and I figured our trips weren't your style, and something you didn't read. Thanks again. : )
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