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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-08-2020, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Iíve been reading trip reports on CT for a while and I hope this first report will be useful to others.

This long weekend Duffy, Carol, Roberto, Gurbaz, Helen, and myself went climbing the highest peak in southwest BC: Skihist Mountain. The weather forecast looked perfect and weíd got our eye on this mountain for a long time.

Skihist Mountain is not technical nor high (<3000m), the challenging part comes from its access and approach. We chose to camp at Antimony Lake and to access it through the Kwoiek Creek road. An overgrown logging road followed by some hardcore bushwhack, with a pinch of deadfalls on a nonexisting trail.. sounds like a fun weekend!

We met on Friday night at Boston Bar to drive as much FSR as possible D-1. We made it to Kwoiek Lake and car camped. The next morning, we woke up early and started driving the last bit until we got enough of the alders hugging our cars. We still managed to make it to Kokwaskey Lake and walked to the trailhead. We saw a rope to help to cross Kwoiek Creek but it looked a bit too sketchy. We noticed a trail going to the lake (John George) that we decided to follow. Once at the end of the trail, we bushwhacked our way to the north side of the lake and found another trail. We followed it as far as we could and we ended up losing it after a while. We went through some of the worst bush Iíve seen (6 inches thick alders) until we finally reached Antimony Creek. The way up to Antimony Lake was uneventful, a steep walk over deadfalls on steep and loose terrain. We finally reached the lake and set up our camp before enjoying a well-deserved diner.

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1. Our cars making their way through a jungle of alders.
2. One of the thickest bushwhacks of the trip.
3. Often accompanied by its BFF deadfalls.
4. Kha Lake.
5. Deadfalls, e-ve-ry-where.

Sunday-Funday-Summit Day, we got ready and started hiking around Antimony Lake on its NE side. It was a good way to start the day as itís made of a bunch of relatively stable boulders (I like boulders, donít ask me why (: ). Once on the other side, we started going up until we reached a gully. Our next step was to get to a basin where an old glacier is located just below the Antimony-Claimpost col. At this point, the group and I split. While I kept going up the gully, the group started sidehilling towards nice slabs below the basin. The scramble up the gully was mostly class 3 with a bit of exposure and lose rocks. Not the most enjoyable scramble but still a nice change from the content of this trip so far. After going out of the gully, I traversed west towards the basin. It was pretty easy to find your way as, I guess, some paths were made by animals living in the area. After I arrived at the basin, the group joined me and we started our way up to the col. It was fairly easy to find a way up and we got there faster than anticipated.

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1. Roberto starting its way up with Antimony Lake and our campsite in the background.
2. The group before sidehilling west towards the basin.
3. Antimony Lake.
4. False summit near Antimony Mountain.

Once at the col, we checked the route down taken by another group on a previous trip. After checking it out, I went looking at another option more direct to avoid dropping 300m but only 100m. There are several gullies on the northern part of the col and one of them looked less steep and loose than the other ones. The group agreed to give it a try and we got down the gully and traversed the west side of the col to the south of Skihist. We could finally see our goal hiding behind a false summit. Although that last part looked super steep, the terrain made it much ďeasierĒ than anticipated.

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1. West views from the col.
2. Our objective, we went up the right gully.
3. The route we took down from the col.
4. Mount Baker showing up in the distance.

We still felt it lasted forever but we finally all made it to the top! We stayed a long time at the summit enjoying the views and the sun. After taking a zillion pictures we started our way down.

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1. Summit group selfie.
2. Myself and Antimony Mountain in the background.
3. Petlushkwohap Mountain, the second-highest peak in southwest BC (next adventure?).
4. Myself on the true Skihist summit (slightly higher).
5. Mount Baker and a personal favorite: cloud inversion.
6. Petlushkwohap Mountain zoomed in if people want to see possible routes.
7. Kumkan Peak

It was getting late and we knew we had to make our way up the col before dark. Once at the top, we were blessed with a beautiful sunset and nice views East and West. The rest of the way back was mentally tough as we were navigating in the dark with headlamp and sidehilling on loose rocks. We got back to camp, ate and all went to bed to get some rest.

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1. Mountain layers.
2. Reversed mountain shadow, col shadow (or cool shadow, your pick!).
3. Sunset colors.
4. Carol and Duffy on the col.
5. Roberto reaching the col, fueled by blue cheese and salami!
6. Kwoiek Peak during blue hour.
7. Hiking down from the col in the dark.
8. Our tracks to Skihist from the camp.

The night was extremely windy and the tents felt like they were going to take off. Fortunately, nobody flew off the mountain, although it would have been a quicker way back. We got ready and hit the trail trying to follow our previous tracks. Once we passed the boulders, we kept going west to get to the ridge (west of Antimony Creek) to avoid most of the deadfalls. This was a much easier way compared to our hike in. We made a good time and reached the old FSR which was slightly overgrown. We were able to follow it between Kha and Klept Lakes until we reached the Kwoiek Creek. The bridge was out so we had to find another way to cross it. There was a small log east of the former bridge but not everybody in the group felt comfortable using it. We looked for another option but couldnít find one. We decided to use the same way we took on the way in, a bit more bushwhack? Yay! We finally made our way back to the trailhead then to the cars. The drive back was smooth and we finished the trip with a well-deserved teriyaki in Boston Bar.

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1. A last look at Antimony Lake.
2. Easier way down while sticking to the ridge.
3. Kha Lake looking so far still.
4. The overgrown former FSR between near Kha Lake.
5. Klept Lake.
6. Last group shot with the reward!

Until the next adventure!

Valentin
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Holy shit! Hell of a first trip report. I saw Gurbaz posts about this on FB too. Your photos are incredible and some of the best I have seen on this site. Thanks for the post, I'm sure this trip report will be more than useful for some.
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Thanks Russell! Hope this report will be as useful as the ones I've been reading here for a while

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Excellent Job!

Its great to see a sucessfull trip!

Was there a large log that makes a very big bump hidden in the alder on the drive in? or has that rotted away by now?
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Great first report Val, it's funny how you and Matt decided to make your first trip reports on Skihist. I was hoping to follow in your guys footsteps this week but the forest fire smoke has squashed that plan.
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Epic! Thank you so much for posting this - the Kwoiek / Antimony area is rarely posted about and has fascinated me for a long time. Such an incredibly beautiful area with a high dose of adventure.
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@jetwax The log was still there but it wasn't too bad. I remember looking for it as we've heard about it in a report. It was the first event of this trip!

@Spectrum I feel this was a special trip for the whole gang and probably was for Matt as well. Plus, if it can help other people to get recent beta on the area then it's even better!

@ShadowChaser The smoke is getting better now, just need a good weather window to tackle it

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Truly an awesome report, I see so much effort and pride in composing this great piece. Looks like a lot of beautiful country, a real inspiration to get out there and explore this one.

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