Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Most people do Cayley as a overnighter. With good snow condition and long day light, it actually can be done in a day.
Saturday morning saw us ( Vlad, Eugene, Kitty&me) parked car at 1200m in BR700 around 7:20am. Followed logging FSR to the end about 1300m, we passed a large clear cut then into the forest. After a quite pleasant light bush wacking we gained the elevation 300 meter and topped out on the ridge leading to the base of Mt. Fee.
From there, we kept our evelation around 1750m, aiming for a ramp between Cayley’s SE sub peak and an extended knoll connecting to Mt.Fee base. The traverse was fast and uneventful, the only thing worth to mention is 3 out of 4 we got blisters under the bottom of the left foot because of this long traversing.
We followed ramp up and dropped about 80 meters onto the glacier which connects Cayley and powder mountain. From there, the route is obviously go up the glacier and gain the col between Cayley and Cayley SE. it didn’t take us long to get the col without roping up. Then we need to climb the not-so-much snow covered south face (45 degree) all the way to those summit pinnacles. At the end of the south face, we were forced to cross a small snow patch(50 degree) on the west side to reach short scramble route leading to summit.
The scramble part is easy class 3 on very loose rock, none of the rocks can be trusted. Early of the season these may all be covered by snow so should be easier.
3 of us got to the summit between that 2 famous summit towers. Both of them are quite spiky so even I wanted to climb the top, I don’t think I can actually stand there taking pictures. Ok not bothering to do that[IMG class=inlineimg]/images/ClubTread_2014/smilies/tango_face_smile.png[/IMG]
The way back was just reversing the whole route. Snow was still firm for descending.
22km in total. 12 hrs car to car. Snowshoes were not brought in this trip. Crampons were worn most of the time. Rope never came out of the bag.
Last edited by jeffhan; 05-28-2018 at 10:20 AM.