Good morning all... haven’t posted in a long time! MikeW and I made an attempt at Markhor peak yesterday. This is the general route we took.
. We left the works yard where one would start needle peak and headed up the ridge.
. Route was fairly obvious to follow and we picked up the odd piece of flagging as we went up. Once we got to some slabs things opened up some.
. Now we just headed straight up the ridge clambering over boulders up some snow and through brush.
. We got to a sub summit and took a lil break and could see Needle now. We continued along the ridge and up and over another sub summit.
. Along this part there was some route finding and we had a couple class 3 moves and some steep terrain which possibly could have been avoided. Then we were on the top.
. The weather went from sucker windows to sucker snow and we packed up and headed out. The Needle traverse would have to wait for another day as the rock was wet and had about an inch of new snow.
. We decided to take the gully back down and headed east down the ridge back to where we came up, passed that point then up to another high point on the ridge I dubbed tent rock.
. Now we had to drop down and find a way to enter the bowl. This is where many skiers go down but the snow level wasn’t high enough so we had to find ramps and head farther east to get into it.
. Once we dropped in we got a couple hundred meters of snow sliding and then angled northwest to avoid cliff bands.
. From here it was a pretty easy route through the snow and brush down to the works yard road below.
. It was nice to do an objective without a trail and spent a lot of time finding good routes. Great hike! Thanks MikeW.