Mamquam area was on my list for few years and last weekend me and Dean decided to go there and explore a bit more the area.
Was the first time for me up there and third time for Dean.
We drove pretty close to 18km,got stopped by snow.
After skinning for 10 minutes we had to take our skis off and walk all the way to the site from where we got our skis on again,but not for a long time,got stopped at the first creek,had to through few rocks so we could cross it.
The trail to the creek crossing wasn't too bad,just some alders in the way here and there,some creeks to cross.
Once we got to the creek,we took our time crossing the log which wasn't that bad,except that the log was wet and a bit slippery half way.
Once we made it safe on the other side of the creek,we got our skis back on and started our ascent,lots of creeks,so lots of options to get some extra water from.
By the time we got into alpine,it was close to 12 and was really warm,we decided to skip Manic Peak and go towards Mamquam.
Took me a while to get up and follow Dean,I had a 55L pack and Dean had a 20L pack,I tough I go light for overnight trips,but this wasn't the case.
Once we got on the glacier we set up our camp and start going towards Mamquam Peak.
Going towards Mamquam
Summit ridge to Mamquam
Once we boot packed the summit ridge we got on the summit which offers some pretty nice views,we took few photos and went back to our skis and start skiing towards Delusion Peak,we stayed high,tried more to traverse so we don't have to skin back up again,and we were able to ski to the face of Delusion Peak.
Skiing to Delusion Peak
We made a decision to take our skis with us just in case if there is a sweet line down from the summit,and there was one,but was looking a bit rocky and crusty so we just went back down to our camp the same way.
I was a bit tired so took a small nap while Dean was cooking his food,after what I got my food ready and we made our plans for the next day and went to bed.
The next morning we were not impressed by the weather,high clouds,the forecast was saying 3 hours of sun,with some rain,and mostly cloudy for the entire day.
So we got ready fast and started to go towards Darling Peak
We got up the ridge pretty fast,where we left our skis and started boot packing the summit ridge,a bit exposed in few spots but not too bad.
Last steep part to the summit of Darling
The last part to the summit was a bit steep and the snow wasn't as hard as we wanted to be,but still ok to boot pack.
I stopped few meters from the summit having some troubles going up,was too steep,when I decided to cut the snow and switch on the other side of the ridge where the snow was a bit harder but still exposed.
While we were going down the visibility went down pretty fast,wasn't easy to ski down,and after debating what to do we decided that is better in this weather to go back to the camp.
Back to our camp,it was windy,foggy and started to snow at some point was pretty heavy and we started to ski down following our skin tracks from the previous day.
Once we got to the Darling col the visibility was a bit better lower down so we tough that maybe we still have a chance to do Manic Peak.
Great corn skiing down from the col,instead of dropping down to the lake we traversed staying high and made it 600 m from the summit of Manic Peak.
Skiing of Manic Peak
Once we got on the summit of Manic the weather was still so so up high,still some high clouds,but really sunny on the Manic summit.
Skiing down from Maninc was fantastic,again that great corn snow,the ridge is great for skiing with only few steep parts,that way we didn't had to skin back up to rejoin our tracks form the day before.
Once we started skiing lower down,the snow was pretty sticky,slushy and the skiing in the forest wasn't really great,some tight trees here and there so we stopped at about 300m from the creek and boot packed down.
To cross the creek on the way back is a bit harder since the log is angled so we were moving pretty slow.
Once we crossed the creek safely it was the same fun trail for few hours to the car.
Got to the car at 3 PM,not too happy,looking back towards Mamquam,fantastic weather up there,and again that weather forecast,we wished we left our camp a bit later.
Oh well,next time.
Great time in a beautiful area.