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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-21-2016, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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I havenít posted much lately(If youíre not part of the solution,you must be part of the problem.),but it is the first day of winter and so a winter's tale. In Sept, 1982 Jim Sedor and I hiked up Guanaco Pk from the Coldwater River Rd.(a BCMC party had made the first ascent a year earlier).On our way home we drove down through the Coquihalla canyon on the old Kettle Valley rail bed, an interesting drive with tunnels and trestles and a lot of railway history.We caught a brief glimpse of a granitic peak which we later learned was Needle Peak.We returned and bashed our way up from the rail bed through slide alder and slabs and climbed the peak via the West Ridge. The Coquihalla Hwy. was scheduled to open in May of 1986 so we reasoned that if we wait until the first day of winter that year we could climb it from the highway and if not the first winter ascent(Iím sure one the ďbig namesĒ on this site will set me straight) then at least the first from the Coq. So we parked at the Highways Depít yard on a cold,clear winters day and went up the now popular route to the top. That spring we also did the Yak,Nak,Thar traverse from the pipeline rd. Despite cost overruns etc. a fine highway that opened up a previously difficult area to reach to hikers and climbers alike. I think you could still drive the road for a while after the opening and avoid the $10 toll.Click image for larger version

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Cool, please share more stories! I was thinking of some trips I did before I became a CT member. Not quite as interesting, but some amusing photos. I need to do some scanning as my only records are from printed photos.
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Awesome Dr. Krumm. Love reading stories like that.

My Dad and I drove the old Kettle Valley road back in 1985.....Great memories of that trip with my Pa.
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Love this! Thanks for sharing
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Thanks for the report.
I was just talking to my climbing partner about doing a winter ascent of Needle peak on our drive back from Joshua Tree.

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See putting up a TR wasn't so bad was it! I know you have a few more photos kicking around in the shoebox.


Pretty cool throwback trip report on Needle to read.
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See putting up a TR wasn't so bad was it! I know you have a few more photos kicking around in the shoebox.


Pretty cool throwback trip report on Needle to read.
Ya, especially the ones with a wee Al in tow!
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So that's the now elusive Jim Sedor. Nice to see a TR from back in the day. Must have been cold, considering how you guys are dressed on the summit there!
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