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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-18-2020, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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Default Wedgemount Lake & Glacier Sept.05/20

Five friends joined me for this epic hike; a long drive from Chilliwack to trailhead,; 235 km.... Left chwk 5:45 pm , geared up and ready to hike 8:50 am... and returned to parking lot about 6:25 pm... Heavy pack including ice axe, crampons, carried for a walk up to the glacier was not used. got part way up on a trail of imbedded rocks before turning back. Awesome views, adventures, and friends. 14.5 km return with 1780+ meters net cumulative gain including ascent up glacier

The Alltrails prehike recap calls elevation gain near 1360 m; but our adventure included the extra walk up the glacier for a greater view, and exploration of the ice and surroundings.

To start all trails map together with the recap; followed by my photos...

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Start out good forested trail...
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There are some talus rock fields, and trail goes up from moderate to steep grade before the lake
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Getting up to the rise, see the shelter & washroom
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First view Wedgemount Lake..

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Beyond Wedgemount Lake , the new lake formed after melting and retreat of the glacier.

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Went up for a hike, and climb up lower section of glacier 1/2 km up from the new lake

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Step back: zoom view of front of glacier..

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Ready to leave Wedgemount lake, and then head down....
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I notice you go to Wedgemount with some dose of regularity. Next time try Mt. Cook. It is the peak opposite glacier, appears mostly like a ridge from the lake. It is entirely hiking with bit of loose rubble. Views from above are infinitely better from what you have by the lake. It is ~2000 vertical from parking, but feasible as day trip.


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Nice pics of the glacer! 235km, sounds like what I go through to get to Manning Park from N.Van. haha
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I notice you go to Wedgemount with some dose of regularity. Next time try Mt. Cook. It is the peak opposite glacier, appears mostly like a ridge from the lake. It is entirely hiking with bit of loose rubble. Views from above are infinitely better from what you have by the lake. It is ~2000 vertical from parking, but feasible as day trip.


Nice shots at the glacier
Thanks Zeljkok.. I have a pet project engoing: take videos periodically of the same place over the last # of years to show visually the size of retreating ice.

Definitely next time, going for Mt. Cook ......

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Nice pics of the glacer! 235km, sounds like what I go through to get to Manning Park from N.Van. haha
I can just imagine, you travelling Manning Park's way for the special places. Somewhat on the scale of the drive to Camelhoof Lookout which is north east of Lillooet from here.


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I did this hike almost exactly 3 years ago (Aug 28) & what a difference it has made in 3 years!

The glacier is receding, the big rock shown in your photos was covered under ice in mine(first two taken from the same angle as yours), & the solid ice I walked on is now replaced with solid ground.

And where all the wild flowers have gone? Must be buried under higher water.

BTW, I must be missing something or ClubTread just doesn't like me posting photos - it either makes them disappear or renders me upside down(you'd have to click on the photo to restore it).
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No, there is no global warming. Crazy environmentalist are making it all up
I am seeing incredible glacier recessions in Rockies as well. We are tearing this planet apart; and now on top we are poisoning ourselves with viruses.

Tried to find some of my own Wedge glacier photos, but don't have close up shot to compare. These are from July 2010, first just above the lake and second from summit of Mt. Cook


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