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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-21-2020, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Default Mount Ford Aug 26, 2020 ( Hwy 3 )

Me and Duffy wanted to go do something but after doing the Manson - Hatfield - Macleod loop a few days earlier we didn't want to do anything big. I did Mount Dewdney in the snow a few years prior and remembered Ford being right next door. It fit the bill of a good half day trip so off we went for Ford.

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It was nice to be able to just drive 2wd on pavement all the way to a trailhead for once. We parked at the trailhead and off we went heading for Dry Lake. In the winter we started up the forest in the middle of Dry Lake. This time in summer we decided to head up right at the start of Dry Lake. This proved to be the correct decision because all of a sudden we stumbled upon a fairly distinct footbed.
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This footbed then turned into a full on trail with some flaggings and cut logs. I was expecting to have to do 1000m straight up of bushwkacking, but instead it was just 1000m straight up a dry trail.

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Once in the alpine we somewhere lost the trail and should have followed the ridge more, we ended up sidehilling below the ridge crest for abit before realizing our error. Eventually we popped out on the ridge that connects Dewdney to Ford.
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From this ridge it was nothing more than a pleasant stroll to the top of Ford where we hung out for a short bit just grabbing a bite to eat.

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From the top summit we took in the views and I was able to get a very good look at this little project I have been working on. It was a very good vantage point of the Hope Range and every Sunshine Valley Peak. 21 of 21 peaks. I only had Mount Payne and Rideout's Pup to finish it off which I would later do on Sept 10, 2020

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The trip down was a real knee knacker, it is literally 1000m straight now, no switchbacks in very short km's. Back on the Dewdney trail it was a nice way to cool down as we arrived back at the car, hung out listening to gangster rap and drinking beer scaring off the people who stop to check out the area on their road trip journey's.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-22-2020, 11:47 AM
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...hung out listening to gangster rap and drinking beer scaring off the people who stop to check out the area on their road trip journey's.
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Absolute sweet, Allan. I was wondering about the access up to Mt. Ford & Dewdney.

You gave me a great incentive for my next hike to get on with.

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Thanks for the report and congrats on the project!
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