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You might have a hiking addiction if you find yourself thinking the following after reading it will rain – “ Rain? Nonsense, there must be sun SOMEWHERE!” Then you go to your favourite weather website and start typing in Vancouver, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Bellingham, Seattle, Kelowna and proceed to calculate the weather window and how much ascent time you might get before the storm hits.

Such was the case last weekend and why I ended up in Pemberton at 5am hoping to revisit Vantage Peak. Vancouver and Squamish had deluge but Pemberton was still just sprinkling, there was hope! Pemberton is always interesting cause you never know what will be wandering the road. Sometimes cows, sometimes horses, and sometimes a wet sockless and pantless individual walking the center yellow line in his boxers. It was already turning out to be an interesting day!

I couldn’t quite recall where the pullout was but knew it was right off the main road. I slowed down after the salt shed and inspected every little gravel dirt patch that looked like you could park a car, intent not to miss it. I turned the corned and wild eyed said, OH. There we only something like 20 vehicles parked there, indicating the start. It ends up it was the ACC rescue weekend course, I think a BCM one as well, and a number of private tours from Whistler, putting the people count at about 70. Gulp.

The trail itself was trying to rival the West Coast Trail for mud-award of the year. It was BAD after a week of rains and that much foot traffic. The snow started just below the hut and was well consolidated. There was a fresh layer of snow in the area and we were heading into some menacing looking clouds.




We passed over the two moraines and made our way to the col.








It was mostly straight forward here except for the fact that we were in white out conditions.





We found cairns along the way and made our way through the annoying krummholtz. I think during the summer it would be even worse traveling the trees here; they’re quite thick in some parts.






The trail contours the back of the mountain and I think the views would be spectacular here on a normal day. We got “sucker hole” glimpses and snapped photos when we could.







We missed the trail a couple of times and took the harder way up but such is the case when you’re navigating white-on-white. I was surprised to see rime ice still everywhere on the krummholtz…must have come from the rain/fog in the days before.






The top summit had a couple of moments of great scrambling and a brief view.











Now, we like to enjoy something special on a summit, generally Thomas Haas chocolates but this time Rob had different kind of surprise.

Fresh mountain snow? Check. Passion fruit syrup, authentic maraschino cherries imported from Italy with a splash of lime and a crazy straw? CHECK. Ice cone holders – oh yeaahhhhh. Summit perfection.






Next up Castle Towers! I can already feel the sore coming.

Trip Stats:
Distance: 17.4 km
Elevation Gain: 1428m / 4,685 ft


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Good going. Shame for clouds. I had bluebird day on Vantage & views to Duke & Snowspider are quite special.
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the trail (s) seem to spider out all over with various routes, thanks for posting
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the trail (s) seem to spider out all over with various routes, thanks for posting
It does especially near the summit. We found multiple sets of cairns, some on the way up, some on a slightly different way down. There didn't seem to be a wrong way, as long as it went up
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