Thompson Pk, Mt. Daly & Mt. Edgar
1 April 2019
Map of route
I drove up the Paleface creek fsr and was surprised to find it reactivated! I hiked this road last spring to do Paleface mtn and Klesilkwa mtn. Obviously I should have waited! I was able to drive to about 1220m before snow stopped me, I parked where a spur road goes off to the left for paleface pass.
I started at about 820am and continued up the road on mostly hard snow. I was heading for a couple lakes NW of the ridge that leads to Thompson. I found that the snow in the forest was soft so I hiked up alongside the creek that descends from these lakes as the snow was hard where there was minimal tree cover. After about an hour I reached the lakes, these subalpine lakes would make a nice camp.
I found bear tracks in the snow leading down. I headed SE from the lakes and up towards the west side of a bump, and made my way along its SW side to get onto the NW ridge of thompson.
Snowshoeing along this gentle ridge was great with fantastic views. The wind had really picked up though and I had to wear my shell. After 3 hours from my truck I reached the top of Thompson and dug out the partially broken cross from under the snow. I took a break and enjoyed some left over Chinese food and the views.
looking south towards Daly
looking back at the ridge
My next objective was Mt. Daly to the south. I started down Thompson’s south ridge. There was one steep section where I had to take my snowshoes off and plunge step down. After the ridge there was a short section of beautiful subalpine with great southerly views. When I got down to the bottom, now between Thompson and Daly, the best way up looked like a gully. Hard snow in the gully was an easy climb and from there I continued into a small bowl on Daly’s SW side. I hiked up onto the WNW ridge and walked the gentle ridge to the large summit of Daly, now about 5hrs 15min into my trip. I was cautious of a potential cornice on Daly’s NE side. I ate a donut and the rest of my Chinese while enjoying the view. The views south towards Redoubt and Custer are fantastic!
Views from Daly
looking back at thompson
My plan was now to descend to the deactivated road leading back to the paleface fsr and back to my truck, but I started to think trying Mt. Edgar from this side would be a nice challenge. At this point I was undecided and started down from Daly. In the bowl on Daly’s SW side I found a bear den with bear tracks going to and from. I really wanted to check it out but I chickened out thinking maybe the bear was still in the den.
looking back up at daly
I headed SSW around the bump SW of Daly and descended to a little lake SW of the bump where I was able to fill my water bottle. From the lake it was a quick jaunt thru forest before reaching the deactivated road. There was a lot of alder on the road and my path twisted back and forth. At the last switchback I left the road and decided I would have a go at Edgar.
I made my way thru alder strewn slide paths and forest to the steep slopes below the corniced ridge that leads NW towards Edgar. I was starting to feel really hungry so I stopped in a sheltered spot and licked the inside of the ziplock bags that had the Chinese food and glazed donut lol!
looking back at the deactivated fsr and Daly
I didn’t like the look of the cornices above but I hadn’t heard or seen anything breaking all day and it felt cool enough that everything felt solid. I crossed the slide paths below the ridge and then started up steep snow on Edgar’s east side. The snow was firm and I felt like I had a decent pace going. Once I reached the ridge I stopped on a dry rock outcrop and changed my socks as my boots had now wet thru.
With wonderfully dry socks I made my way up to the summit of Edgar.
views from Edgar
I was feeling kinda off, and weak. I got the ziplocks bags out that I had licked earlier and relicked them lol! I was so hungry! I think I also could have used some electrolytes. On the summit I was now 9hrs and 30min into my hike. I opened up the summit register I had left on the summit of Edgar last May and no one had signed it!
so I signed my name again and then took a good sit. I was feeling a little shaky and tingly and I really wanted some salt but all I had now was water. After sitting a while I felt better and really wanted to get moving.
I now had to descend the west side of edgar, I was able to glissade a lot and flew down to the little lake in Edgar’s west bowl.
From here I followed the creek down thru the forest and descended thru the timber to the deactived road on Edgar’s NW slopes. This road would lead to the deactivated road in the valley and then onto the reactivated Paleface fsr. The road had a lot of alder and after a couple switchbacks it started to get dark so out came the headlamp. After three switchbacks I finally got down to the creek. It was shallow enough that I could hop across on rocks. The next creek crossing just before reaching the reactivated road was deeper but my boots were pretty thoroughly wet anyway so I didn’t bother taking them off and just waded thru the knee deep creek. Once on the reactivated road there was a solid breeze and it was a cold, dark walk up to my truck. I had to rest in the truck for almost a half hour before I could drive as I was totally spent. It felt good to complete a hike that challenged me, but I definelty gotta bring more food next time.
I drove into Chilliwack to the mcd’s to get fooooood! I drove into the drive thru...”sorry we are resetting our system and cant serve you for 15 min” Lol!
Car to car was about 12hrs 50min
Cumulative gain was about 3040m