had been up this way before and was eager to do some more exploring. Our goal was to summit Paleface and then try for Meroniuk along a connecting ridge heading south from Paleface. Coming up the branch fsr from Chilliwack Lake, we couldn't drive in as far as we wanted because of one washout and the possibility damage to the vehicle. Even though the temperature was already climbing and the humidity rising too, the valley between Meroniuk and Edgar was quite nice to hike into. I had never been here before so I enjoyed getting to know the lay of the land. Once we swung around to the base of Paleface we re-applied bug spray and headed straight up the east shoulder. This side is steep with soft dry dirt and small cliffy outcroppings to avoid, and at times thick vegetation that slows you down. Once you rise above the density it becomes easier but remains steep. I was not doing well by this point, however. I think I was getting too hot and was having trouble even once out of the difficult terrain as we approached the top of Paleface. The poor air quality could have been a factor as well. I knew that if I could rest a few minutes on the summit and find some shade I would probably recover. Fluids were not a problem as I had lots and some purification tablets for water along the way. Eventually we set out for Meroniuk to at least give it good try. I'm very glad we did. Even though I still did poorly I knew I could grind it out and still do some exploration. The connecting ridge between Paleface and Meroniuk is not long but has a challenging section before the first sub-peak. It's a steep dirt scramble with vegetation and trees that obscure but that can assist in climbing. There is also some nice granite up there too, all the way along. There is a little col before the last scramble up Meroniuk that provides a unique vantage point of Chilliwack Lake. We decided to stop here and not summit. At this point I was pretty exhausted from the heat and we weren't sure how the down scramble would be. Based on what we got into later on trying to swing around Paleface, it could have been bad. The other down scramble was thankfully uneventful as we headed back to Paleface. Once back on Paleface we cooled off in the little tarn there and decided to try a different route down that Ingrid had spotted. It was flagged and led us down the north side of Paleface, down the connecting ridge between Paleface and Paleface 2. Once there we swung east and followed it down but lost the route. It was a shame too because the route was pretty good. As we tried to get back to the TCT we did end up in some dangerous terrain bushwhacking on steep dirt above cliffs. Fortunately I was feeling cooler and was able to mentally cope better with challenges. Once we found a way out of this area we were glad to find the flagged route again and followed it back. All in all a great adventure in an area that I would like to explore some more.
Looking at a shoulder of Paleface from where the TCT meets a cutblock.
Partway up Paleface
Fighting the alder going up Paleface.
Paleface-Paleface 2 ridge.
The end of the steep bushwhack.
Klesilkwa (left 3rd) and Klesilkwa S1.
L-R: Edgar, Redoubt.
The peaks of Meroniuk. In the background L-R: Edgar, Redoubt, Nodoubt.
Heading over to Meroniuk.
After the first peak along the ridge to Meroniuk. Paleface on the left.
Crossing the col to Meroniuk.
The view of the North end of Chilliwack Lake from the Meroniuk col. Welch and others in the background.
Paleface from the Meroniuk col. Flora on the left.
Trying some approaches for Meroniuk
The cliffs of Meroniuk.
"What about this way?" Sure. At this point I was pretty exhausted from the heat and we weren't sure how the down scramble would be. Based on what we got into later on trying to swing around Paleface, it could have been bad.
The peaks of Meroniuk in the early evening sun.
Heading down the north side of Paleface and turning east to eventually meet with the TCT again. This was a flagged route- and actually pretty good- even though we lost it and got into a bit of trouble later on.
Had we stayed with descending the boulder fields we would have done less of this. This side of Paleface was dangerous as we come upon dirt slides unexpectedly, hiking above a cliffy area.
Getting back to the cutblock in the evening.
The route off Paleface