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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-16-2016, 04:40 AM Thread Starter
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Default Molybdenite lake and Onion peaks. Perseids Aug 11-13 2016

I saw the Perseids for the first time over 7 years ago and ever since I have remembered that night. With this year's shower setting up to be a solid I decided it would be worth a day off a long drive and a chance to explore a new area with good high elevation access.

We chose the Molybdenite lake are on Alex's advice, thanks pal it was a classic.

We left Burnaby at 6:45am and headed for Lytton where we took the little ferry across the Fraser to gain access to the winedyest road I hope I never see again. Along that road we saw a couple horses who took their time clearing the road. A highlight of the trip. After all the twists and turns and cliff edge corners we finally arrived at Texas Cr FSR.

For the most part this road is not too bad. There are a few spots where you need 4X4 100%, well more than a few spots. My Xterra had some tranny problems overheating and tripping to limp mode about 5 or 6 times at least. Damn auto tranny crap!

Anyways.. We got to the lake and parked. What a relief, we made it!

On our first Night we camped on the top of Onion N3. It looked super dry up there so I chose to load up with 5 lites of water right off the bat. It was heavy.. Good training The stars were ok. We went to sleep around 9pm and set the alarm for 1:30am. We had built up a nice bench on the summit where we curled up to watch the sky. There was allot of patchy thin cloud up there blocking out all the trillions but we still got to see some big ones come into the atmosphere in between 2am and 4am.

On our second day we headed down to the small lake and took the road around the base of the peak/ridge in between Onion N3 and Onion peak.

Again, I loaded up. filling all the bags and bottles to around 5.5 liters of water. Ooooo heavy!

What a beautiful area. There are nice colorful lakes all over the place in the lower areas and above piles and piles of loose crap rock, Dry and barren are good words to describe the high country around here devoid of just about all plant life other than some small patches of short grass and odd cactus-like plants with and few flowers.

On our second night we camped on the East end of Onion peak. WOW! the views from up there are pretty spectacular.

The stars were better tonight. We slept early again and woke up at 1:30am. We found a patch of mossy grassy ground and laid out in our bags watching the sky. To the North we could see flashes where there was a large bank of clouds. It turned out there was a thunder lightning storm a couple hundred km away.. Yea from up there you can see far!! very cool.

On the third day we went over Onion E1 the funnest ridge walking of the trip, Down the Noth-east side, through some amazing meadows and forest. passed some more lovely lakes and down to the lake.

A naked swim in fridged waters and then to the truck where we found tons of people who had camped out overnight.

On the way home we went north towards Lillooet to avoid the windy road south. It's a really long drive that way.

Overall a great weekend. Sorry I haven't figured out how to link full rez images into the body of the text. So .. Thumbnails upload it is.

I also shot some images on my new Sony RX100 including some time laps of the stars. So once I get that processed I will try and update this thread.

Enjoy.
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I had a run in with a couple of horses up that way (and a radiator leak). I still have to get to Molybdenite Lake one of these days, every TR from there shows how nice an area it is.

Picture #20 of you guys is a good one.
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Nice, looks great. This area is on my list. Did you make it as far as these guys: http://overlandsquad.com/blog/2013/2...ns-molybdenite ?

What year XTerra do you have? I haven't heard of any issues with overheating and I'd like to pick one up in the next year or so.
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Molybdenite is an amazing place. One of the best star gazing experiences i've ever had. I captured this photo of the milky way with a 30 sec exposure at about midnight. If i had the energy to stay up later it would have been even better ... and if i had a proper lens for astrophotography.

However, i have seen a grizzly bear right on the shores of the lake about 70 yards from me. i almost crapped my pants. Didn't want to camp there that night but a group of 4x4 people showed up and i figured in a bigger group it would be ok.
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We didnt get up to where those overlanders got not. I have a 2007 offroad model. I have had issues climbing steep stuff in 4x4. the trany overheats and it goes into limp mode. I am getting an additional cooler installed right now with a switch to turn on when in 4x4 mode and getting some more grounds run to the trany for safety.

Griz you say? damn.. we where just two people way up high on the peaks overnight. we were pretty food safe. nothing stinky. but damn.. those are scary beasts.
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