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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-18-2016, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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A trip report for a two day ascent of Mount Martyn in Golden Ears Park in January 2016 with two buddies. Access is via the East Canyon trail, watch out for the gate times!

I ran into Dan in the mountains in the summer and we started talking a few months back on CT. After doing a few trips together this winter, we set out to tackle the mighty Mount Martyn in Golden Ears Park with Dan's buddy Mike.

Bad conditions on Mt Martyn had previously turned back Dan two winters ago when he tried it solo. It was not on my radar at all, but after reading a few trip reports, it seemed like a great way to spend two days.

We rolled into the East Canyon parking lot right behind the Ranger at 8AM on January 9, and soon after our long trudge down Gold Creek began. I have only previously been to km~4 with Dan and Mike the month before, when we climbed Nutt, but they had both been to Hector Ferguson and Raven peaks and knew the trail well.

After 6km, the trail deteriorates to frequent deadfalls, and areas of route finding. Fortunately, Dan and Mike knew where to go and a couple of snowshoers had gone before us. Despite the state of the trail the upper sections of Gold Creek are a good destination on their own - mature forest, pristine clear waters, and views of Edge Peak occasionally.


A few tricky creek crossings, which we negotiated better on the return, and some cursing at deadfalls brought us to the 11km beach.


After leaving the trail at the beach, we plunged head first into the bush. We were on the north side of a gully draining a high col south of Martyn's final ridge. Travel here was surprising pleasant with the snow cover, and the snowshoes went on soon. The forest here was glorious, with continuous old growth from the valley floor to the subalpine.


We were lagging a bit through the bush and at times deep snow, and reached the col around 300 and had a short break. We decided then to push on and camp on the summit - despite the fact that we might not make it for sunset. I raced ahead, but couldn't keep my pace and didn't break tree-line for sunset.









We reached the summit around 5PM but didn't venture to far in fear of cornices. About 5m below the summit, we dug out some pits and set up for another long winter night. (Picture from the following day)



The new moon brought us many stars despite being so close to the city and dozens of shooting stars.

The night was a bit frosty - at 4 AM Mike and I woke to a full white-out and I feared the worst, but come sunrise, the clouds had lifted and would continue to do so for the rest of the day. The morning was a bit chilly, but not as bad as I was expecting.



Sunrise was indeed memorable. For such a low elevation peak, the views were outstanding: The Judge and Robie Reid and Golden Ears front-and-centre, with the Coquitlam-Pitt divide and northern Garibaldi and Golden Ears peaks visible in the distance.







I couldn't decide which picture of Judge Howay was best so here are two more:





The entire Coquitlam-Pitt Divide stretched out before us:





Mike making a run for the summit.


Mike on the summit.


Getting a different perspective (photo courtesy of Dan or Mike, not sure).


We hung out on the summit for a long while and daylight revealed more textures in the surrounding mountains.





The divide again, in full sun.


Around 1030, we reluctantly began our descent to Gold Creek.


Attempting to short cut a section of bush around km 10.5 of the East Canyon trail, we cross the drainage gully to the south where we encountered severe windfall and the worst bush of the trip. After some cursing and bleeding, we were back on the trail and heading for the parking lot (turns out the road was closed that day and we had to wait to be let out by the ranger).

Overall, a great weekend exploring in southern Golden Ears Park and a nice winter objective close to the city.
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Golden Ears Park is another area that I yet need to visit. Looks like a great place.
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Nice report Anthony, it was a good time.
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Way to go in classic style, guys!
and thanks for the Gold Creek trail report. Last summer, the trail was clear of deadfall as far as 10k beach. Looks like this winter has been eventful, and the work for next year has been accumulating. Parks has disowned the trail past 4.6k. With several bridges out and much trail on floodplain, you need at least a few rain-free days (maybe more during spring thaw) for the water to lower to a reasonable level.
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Very cool Adm, well done on you and you buds... and some excellent eye candy you have there in those photos.

Did you come straight up from Gold Creek or did you grab the ridge sooner and traverse over?


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We headed straight up from 11km beach, sticking to the north of a gully draining the high col. On the topo, this rib leads between two creeks coming off Martyn. From there we did a rising traverse gently to the south, crossing the gully at about 800m to the south and gaingn the cole from there. From the north there are cliff bands. We ended up taking the gullies down to the valley floor as travel was fast downhill.

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Very cool Adm, well done on you and you buds... and some excellent eye candy you have there in those photos.

Did you come straight up from Gold Creek or did you grab the ridge sooner and traverse over?
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I am planning on heading into the Remote - Old Pierre area in early summer for my birthday if I get some good weather. Will let you know if plans don't change.

Unless that is, you get there before, which is likely!

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Nice trip!!! You don't see many Mt Martyn reports. We took two attempts to do it last year, but unfortunately didn't get any views. I always wondered how great the view of Robie Reid would be from there and now I can see it! Thanks for the report
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Golden Ears Park is another area that I yet need to visit. Looks like a great place.
Golden Ears is fantastic Steven. It has something unique that gets to you even if you take brief walk along Gold Creek. I read somewhere stat that GE is 4th most visited provincial park in BC. Ultimately from "front country" peaks your main prize will be Blanchard - Edge - Golden Ears traverse.

Martyn is one I missed, mainly because it is very hard to do as day-trip (although some manage!) Fantastic report, enjoyed seeing these photos very much!
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Wow great report.Everyday i look at the Ears and wonder what it would be like to go up there in the winter.But having zero winter mountaineering skills i just dream and wait for these reports.Maybe i should do something about it...
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Here are a few shots looking Southeast to the Cascades, since Anthony didn't post any



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Sunrise


Moyer in the foreground
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Awesome trip and report, Adm. Many thanks for posting and sharing this. Love the colours of your sunrise/sunset shots...and of the nearby mountains.

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A very worthy Winter TR. Actually it would be an achievement any time of the year - from what I can tell.
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