Down the Tulameen FSR followed by 2.5km of 4x4ing up the Illal FSR. Headed up the cutblock just before the parking area, trending to my right the ground soon leveled out, i found a small lake and a rocky point ahead of me.
From this point i could see a direct path to Jim Kelly would'nt quite work, too much of a drop i would have to head over to the West and onto the ridge leading to Jim Kelly.
An easy enough drop down and climb up to the ridge. a few bumps to get over and a bit of rock to climb up.
Looking back, i came from the treed ridge left of center.
On top of the ridge
Some rock to get past.
At the end of the ridge, the drop off looked steep, i was a little worried i'd be cliffed out. But having a look i saw it was steep talus a simple descent, saw a trail that went past a lake on the left, i made for the trail and headed right. After a while the trail seemed to be going away from where i wanted to go , the East ridge. I head over to the ridge a bit of a climb, i push thru some bush and trees to the more open left side and head up, things look steep, i'm wondering if i should have made for the other ridge to the South.
Think i'll start on the right side to begin with.
Looking over at Illal, a newish? road on the other side of the creek looks to give good access
Getting onto the ridge proper. Going is slow everything is loose
One or two awkward spots Close to the top i head to my left a bit and found the rock more stable
Glad to be on top.
Mast still there, someone must have made off with the golf club
Now on to Coquihalla Mountain, not sure of the route, the closer i get the harder it looks to climb the East face. I decide to head around to the North side and see what it looks like.
Looking back at my route down the talus slope. I've seen a trail from higher up so i take that for a short time, but it heads around to the lakes, at the crest of the ridge i head over to Coquihalla.
A herd of goats linger until i get too close, they soon take off, by the time i get up on the ridge there gone.
See a pretty good route up this buttress so i give it a go.
Spot a cairn about a third of the way up, the way up looks easier now.
There's a cairn on this Eastern point of the ridge, looking back at Jim Kelly.
Plenty still to do to get to the West Peak.
The way ahead.
Mostly easier scrambling on top of the ridge. A couple of harder spots to negotiate, some stone fingers with exposure to get over and i'm close to the West peak.
Recognize this from Simon's TR:
Easy enough to get down. Now there's one last climb to the West Peak, again some loose rock but nothing too difficult here.
On top looking along the ridge
Descended the west ridge then took the normal up route down and head back to thepass between Coquihalla and Kelly, i take the trail up thru bush to the lakes.
From here i'm not too sure of the route or if there's even a trail, i head in the general direction. I inadvertently Stumble into a wasps nest and run as fast as i can getting stung a few times, i probably run 1/2 a km in the wrong direction, at a clearing i see the road ahead but there's a very steep drop. I keep my elevation and take the long way around to meet up with the road, it's steep sidehilling and the going is slow. i hit a rock slide and decide to take it down, a good decision as the going is easy and i come to the bottom soon i;m climbing up and find a marker the road is very overgrown so i head up slightly and go thru the trees. It's dark when i hit the cut-block but it doesn't take too long back to the Jeep.
11.5 hours in all.