Can someone please solve the eternal mystery: is it Ten keel
or Ten quill
A quick + dirty Ten Keel TR from July 6-8, 2018.
Mosquitos, Mud, Thunder, Hail, Rain, Cloud, Sun
Hurley Rd was a pleasure, Branch 12 first section has big + smooth waterbars (thanks for the info xj6response); Kia parked at first parking spot. 2nd portion of road was steep/rockyish, and passable in a Chevy Tracker with a few bangs. Skid plate appreciated.
On trail at 11am, destroyed by mozzies for the next 1.5 hours. At the meadows, happy muddy trails. Then thunder/lightning, hail, hiding like cavemen in the trees. Some grunting. 5 minutes from cabin, cavemen unaware.
Got to the cabin, it is beautiful like it was constructed by forest gnomes. Waiting for a break in the clouds + rain, we head out for Copper Mound around 3pm. On cue: rain gods descend. But then, a window of not-rain - an we're off!
At the saddle, we watch the dark clouds hit the mountain and peel off towards Goat Peak, so we go for it. Easy snow slopes wrap around the face and up. We left our lightning rods (ice axes) at the cabin; last little bit was steep, then we are on top.
From here, the clouds look like a Led Zeppelin album cover, so we don't dilly-dally.
Weather report for the descent: keep going. A quick slide down to meadows just in time for the rain. Nice wolf tracks in the snow.
At the cabin, we meet 2 cool doods from Bellingham, WA. We share drinks and they regale us with hilarious stories, then my buddy spots a black wolf out the window of the cabin. Wolfie is doing the rounds from campsites over to the gray water tree, so we have lots of time to stare in awe.
Next day = rain, clearing, rain, mist. We head out and wander towards Tenquille Mountain; one of our Bellingham friends gets on his bike to go up Barbour's Draw. Try to avoid the gully from hell (close to the creek) heading up, as it was un-like-ably loose + steep.
Near the col, we head up a steep-ish snow slope and find some cairns at the top to follow as the clouds lift. After waiting out a bit more rain, we headed up and summited. I think we also ate a snickers bar; nice view of Chipmunk Peak.
Back to the gnome-house, there were alot more people there. More cheese was eaten, no wolfie sightings. Bellingham mountain biker reported lots of snow in Barbour's Draw, good on him for the effort!
We hiked out on Sunday, bombed down to Pemberton for coffee, swam at Alice Lake, then on the ferry back to the Sunshine Coast for 7pm.
Oh! And if you've read this far, here's the good news: the mozzies are still sleeping at the meadows and cabin, so get up there in the next little bit!