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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-20-2015, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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The plan was for a nice and relaxing weekend,with some car camping.
Frist day,me and Marius,drove to Branch 4 a bit pass km 14 where is a parking area just few meters before the blocked road on the left side.
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From the end of the road the trail is well marked all the way to the boulders from where we went on the left side and start climbing up until we saw Viola Lake on our right and started to climb up to the ridge.
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Lose and unstable boulders,not the best route to go up a peak.
From the Melvin S1 and Melvin col the terrain is better and just follow the ridge to the summit of Melvin Peak.
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Great views of Downton area and Viola Lake with Melvin SW2.
From Melvin we went back down to the col and went up to Melvin S1,had to build my first summit carn.
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ID:	69537 The view from Melvin with Viola Lake and Melvin SW2,and Luke Peak,just left Of Melvin SW2
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From Melvin S1 we went down to the col and found a lose gully that was going to the lake,it was very lose and lots of small rocks,had to stop few times to get the rocks out of my boots.
After we rejoined the trail and decided to stay there instead of going to Branch 2,since we tough might be busy.

Day 2:Wake up at 5,but stayed for a bit more in our sleeping bags,then drove to Branch 2.
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From the second lake we went to the Schroeder-Linus col,from where we followed the ridge to Schroeder Peak.Nothing too bad,just few parts of maybe class 4.
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From Schroeder Peak we saw our next destination,Contralto,and it was looking that we will have some problems on that ridge,but there was only was spot with some exposure,either then that mostly class 3,easy to follow the ridge.
Great views from the summit.
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After discussing a bit,we made a decision to go for Mezzo Peak-950m from Contralto,easy travel on the ridge,from the summit of Mezzo great views of Lost area.
Few minutes on the summit and we started to go back to Contralto Peak,from where we took the ridge that goes to Soprano.
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The ridge looked very easy and fast from Contralto Peak,but is not.
Half of the ridge is easy to travel,then you start to get some small towers,3-4,most of them you can climb,not that big,just some exposure.
I was getting closer to the summit and then I got to this tricky part,couldn't find a way down on that thing,if you have 2 big slings you should be ok to go down on that thing.
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After looking for a way for few minutes I couldn't find anything then just going down to the gully that leads to last notch before the summit ridge,very lose and was tricky to go down to the gully from the ridge,but once I was in the gully,climbed back up to the notch from where it's a easy ridge to the summit.
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So I guess a better way to do it is or with slings or just to go up from the second lake to the last gully before the summit ridge,you can clearly see that tricky part from the lake.
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It was a great weekend,just too many bugs for our second day.

Alex.
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may have seen your vehicle up there, what where you driving? I had the beat up 92 GMC
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Looks like a fun weekend! Thanks for the report.
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may have seen your vehicle up there, what where you driving? I had the beat up 92 GMC
Yeah I saw your car,I drive a Subaru Forester

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