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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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The Cantelon Cr FSR has had some work done, the cross ditches have been filled and the slide areas cleared. I was able to drive to about 8.5 km, where a couple creeks about 100m apart have washed out the road. The first creek is shallow and easy to cross. The second is a crossing of cantelon creek itself and is deeper. Maybe mid thigh deep on my five and half foot humanoid chassis.


I had just waded across the first stream and didnít want to have to take my boots off again after only 100m so I found a log and was lucky enough to toss it across a couple boulders to make a little bridge.


I continued up the road which at first had minimal alder. Quickly the alder became thicker and I was glad I hadnít attempted to get my bike across cantelon creek as it would have been useless. It took me about an hour to reach the turn off for Ling. From this point the alder continued to get worse, but not terrible. About 3 out 10 swears on my swear scale. Iíd recommend protective eyewear.


After an hour and a half I reached the end of the road.


After battling the alder I was rewarded with wonderful open forest along cantelon creek.


I think this is about as good as it gets for off trail hiking in the forest around here. This upper portion of cantelon creek is very beautiful. There are numerous little creeks flowing into cantelon creek providing a constant water source.



After a leisurely hour from the end of the road I reached the head of the valley and started the climb up snow slopes.


I brought snowshoes for this trip, and used them for the snow slope climb, but if I did this hike again tomorrow Iíd save the weight and leave them at home.



After hiking up the snow slopes I reached a small saddle and here turned East up onto the South ridge of Northgraves.



The ridge has some minor scrambling, and a little steep snow just before the summit. I reached the summit in just under 4 hrs 45min from the first creek crossing. The views from the top are fantastic. This was my first summit of the year that was mostly snow free so I stayed at the top for an hour enjoying the views.





The summit register was filled with water and ice and the papers were mush, the glass container was intact but the plastic lid had cracked. I left a new register with waterproof paper.


It started to hail and lightly rain so I made my way down and spent some time in the valley playing with my new camera.

About 20k and 1400m gain
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Excellent report, and excellent trip.

A pleasure to view your photos and follow your narratives.


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Great report on a destination we don't hear about too often!
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The summit of Northgraves has eluded us (well, me and Bob) thus far. On the last attempt via Goetz, I was hit by a small rock which split my shin open ending our day early. Cantelon access is always so unpredictable, though I'd determined based on an old Dru report that is the most sensible way to go. Even though your history with CT is short, I'm already able to tell you've made this look easier than it would be for me. Are you the same samsquanch that stopped by Bubbles shed in Season 4 Episode 3? As you can see by my profile I'm straight out of Sunnyvale Thanks for the update on this route.
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The summit of Northgraves has eluded us (well, me and Bob) thus far. On the last attempt via Goetz, I was hit by a small rock which split my shin open ending our day early. Cantelon access is always so unpredictable, though I'd determined based on an old Dru report that is the most sensible way to go. Even though your history with CT is short, I'm already able to tell you've made this look easier than it would be for me. Are you the same samsquanch that stopped by Bubbles shed in Season 4 Episode 3? As you can see by my profile I'm straight out of Sunnyvale Thanks for the update on this route.
wow! lucky it was your shin and not your head!

Hahaha I'm stoked someone got the trailer park boys reference!!! and to quote the season and episode to boot!

thanks man!
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Cantelon should be good for the next few years at least as BCTS is spending a bunch of money to improve the road. Hopeful that we'll get access back to Yola side as well but that's a less likely prospect.
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wow! lucky it was your shin and not your head!

Hahaha I'm stoked someone got the trailer park boys reference!!! and to quote the season and episode to boot!

thanks man!
Thanks to Netflix I can watch at least an episode per day while working on the computer, I crave the dumbness.
This is a valuable report, and if we make it up there we'll give you a bammm.
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Also I'm kinda disappointed that the register was ruined, it had a good Culbert FA note in it
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Great report and great trip
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