Steven Song was back from the Rockies and his big successful climb of Mount Alberta, Vlad had the day off as did I so with that being said it was very easy for all of us to all agree on these 2 mountains. The plan was to meet at the North Surrey park and ride at 5am, there was a minor glitch involving alarm clocks lol! by the time we sorted it out we were back at the park and ride at 6am, 1hr behind schedule. We were already prepared to be hiking out in the dark, this just kinda upped the ante. The Silver Skagit road is still in good shape, Steve's pickup could do 60km/h + on it no problem with no potholes. We parked at the end of the spur road and started off at 8am.
Into the cutblock we go, the South side route has definitely seen some traffic because it has a fair amount of flagging along it and there is even a footbed showing up. The route up is literally straight up, no messing around, knocking off some serious elevation in a short distance.
We took our first 5 minute break just shy of 2hrs in, a good chance to put on sunscreen as there was soon to be no more shade and drink some of the 3liters of water we all brought since the route is pretty much bone dry. The plan was to do Rideout first so as soon as we reached the obvious spot to veer off left, we started the first sidehill of the day.
After sidehilling and working our way up to the col we had our 2nd break of the day. Just shy of 3hrs in it was abit longer break to get some food in us, ditch some weight and have a look up at the Rideout route.
The lower portion of Rideout is typical loose ledges and downsloping, but eventually once you get onto the ridge it's a very fun exposed at spots but on solid rock.
After 1 or 2 spicy spots, it mellows out as shown here with Vlad and Steven nearing the summit with Silvertip in the background.
We topped out, had some more food, took a group shot and knew we couldn't linger too long as we still had to make our way over to Silvertip. The register had some familiar names in it. Ed Klassen 1989, Jeff Haan and a BCMC trip in 2010 who's GPS track Steve had.
The descent down was fine, Dru had mentioned how 2 people slipped and fell on this section in ski boots and both died. Definitely no room for error on the gully side.
Back at col we had to ascend abit, and begin the march/sidehill towards the sub-summit of Silvertip.
Me and Vlad decided to stay lower and cut below the sub summit because we read some reports where people had some difficulties going over it. Steve went up and over. Up and over had no difficulties and required no sidehilling so that's the way to go in my opinion.
Now at the start of the ridge up to Silvertip, Steve and Vlad tried to stay on the ridge I decided to just stay more on the face/scree and cut under it. They came to a big gap and had to come back to the scree route I used. I think rather than just keep getting stumped on the ridge with obstacles and gaps and not knowing if it goes all the way, we just said fuck it and angled up the scree littered face just below the ridge, and then took a loose gully to the top. Vlad took his own route and hooked up with the upper part of the ridge and topped out.
We were doing good on time, so much that we knew we wouldn't even have to hike out in the dark. This meant we could spend more time on the summit, reading through the register. We even found EAK from Clubtread (Ed Klassen) who did it in 1981!
Going down our up route was actually quite fast, there were cairns along the way as well so others have done the same non ridge route.
This time we all went up and over the sub-summit, then started slowly descending and sidehilling down the basin. This picture might look like a pleasant sidehill but it was quite long, the 3rd one of the day and pretty much sucked.
Finally the spirits lifted when we got onto our descent ridge, we took another break before our 1200m drop straight down to the car. Now that may not sound very uplifting but straight down is better than awkward sidehilling.
On the trip down, I got stung 3x and Vlad once in two separate incidents ( 4 days later I still have a swollen ankle and calf), after bumbling and tripping on twigs and sliding on the steep dry dirt I wanted one last break to regain some composure and I don't think they minded taking one last break before the car. Bashing our way out of the cut block and arriving at his car 10hrs and 25 min after we started. We still had plenty of daylight so we ate some Doritos, I drank my beers and home we went. Beast of a trip at 17km and like 7,720 feet of gain. Rideout was quality stuff, Silvertip wasn't the nicest but it's still the big one with some worthy stats behind it.