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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-26-2019, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Default Blowdown Pass July 12/13 2019

Ok, I have been lurking on here for long enough now... might as well post something! It's not a new place you all haven't seen before but I went out for a solo overnighter last month at Blowdown Lake. This was my second time to the area in my 3 years since moving to BC (from Ontario). The first trip was early October and it was my first year in BC. I didn't realize how much snow there would be already so I just wandered to the pass and back. This time I decided to camp at the lake and try to get up higher the next morning.

I left work in Surrey early (around 2:30pm). Made pretty good time but still cut it too close. With only a Jeep Patriot (4x4), I parked at the ~12km mark on the road and hiked in with my overnight bag. I could see the light starting to hit Gotcha Peak so I walked as fast as I could. I didn't time it but likely appx 45 minutes after leaving my car, I was at the lake taking pictures before the light faded.

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The light faded quickly and it got pretty cold - as usual. After looking at my Photopills app, I saw the full moon would be coming right out from Gotcha Peak so I set up and waiting for that, took some more pictures and called it an early night.

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I woke up at 4 something am and quickly got my stuff together. Had a few sips of water and headed for the pass. My "goal" was not necessarily to summit Gott Peak but head that was to get a good shot of the lake and see what else I could do up there. I ended up making it pretty close to the peak but decided not to go the entire way. It was a beautiful quiet morning and I will definitely be going back again next year!

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Very nice shots, and great to have you posting!
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Very nice shots, and great to have you posting!
Thanks! Your posts have helped me out tremendously over the years!
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Nice one, sometimes I think we all get too driven just to-top out, but....

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Had a quick trot up to blowdown lake country and the Gott/Gotcha's ... So gorgeous up there. Last time i went it was raining. Not this time
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Had a quick trot up to blowdown lake country and the Gott/Gotcha's ... So gorgeous up there. Last time i went it was raining. Not this time
Awesome! Just seeing that picture makes me want to go back again!
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I drove to the top of the road (Aug 29). Not really recommended, but had to test out the new vehicle. The old Suzuki would have made short work of the final ascent, but it finally kicked the bucket, so I went for air conditioning and comfort instead. Anyway, final 3km is great to add some fresh pinstriping to your vehicle. A couple of bits required careful driving. And note that if you get stuck, there's nowhere to turn around through the bushy stretch (you can always drive in reverse, ouch).
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I drove to the top of the road (Aug 29). Not really recommended, but had to test out the new vehicle. The old Suzuki would have made short work of the final ascent, but it finally kicked the bucket, so I went for air conditioning and comfort instead. Anyway, final 3km is great to add some fresh pinstriping to your vehicle. A couple of bits required careful driving. And note that if you get stuck, there's nowhere to turn around through the bushy stretch (you can always drive in reverse, ouch).
I parked down below on account of being too candy-ass to let my 2018 Outlander get all scratched up. Mind you, the hike up the road has a dodgy side to it ... a whole load of what looks like invasive hogweed on the road side close to the lake. Nasty stuff, not to be touched. It actually looks like at 1/2 km or so, part way up the road, it has been treated with herbicide. Saw no signage so maybe some 4X4 folks just piled on some Roundup ... don't know but I'm in touch with the forest service about it. It's terrible stuff.
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