So with the age of Clubtread dying and everyone kinda going into hiding and not alot of beta being shared there is the little group on Facebook called SWBC Peakbaggers and Mountain runners that I'm the admin of along with Tiger Lu and Dean Perez. Even though the community of peakbaggers is quite small a few groups have formed through Facebook and we all sometimes get out with one another and help share beta.
Katie and I are the OG's of the Cariboo Crew with the new addition of Jenn, we start late, we drink shitty beer and end up doing nasty lesser appealing peaks and stay late back at the car after our trips. The Midnight Club with Matt Juhasz at the helm has Mel Olson and Ben Butca and Ilia K. and Elise. They prefer to start at 3am, and do abit nicer terrain trips, but usually ones on the top 51 prominence list or trophy peaks, then roll out to go eat dinner at a sit down joint afterwards . Lastly then The Unnecessary Group which has a about 10 or so from all over that get out to some pretty good intermediate bushwacky destinations, and of course Steve Song the lone wolf who mixes and matches with all the groups. This trip Matt said they would go wherever me and Katie were gonna go because the weather was shit and we have decent luck with the weather. The only window and it wasn't a good one was near Lytton and calling for clearing noon onwards. Not ideal for short winter days but we would try our best so the Midnight Club got to sleep in and we started our hike I think around 10:30am.
The road was plowed and with the help of Matt's huge truck he managed to plow some tire tracks onto our spur road so we could get the CRV and truck off the mainroad. Mel was geared up and the midnight club started off while me and Katie bumbled around at our leisurely pace getting ready. It was trailbreaking from the start so we eventually caught up to the group. This trip in the summer you can drive up a huge chunk of elevation but no luck in the winter. We had a system in place that you would break trail for 7 minutes and then drop to the back. It worked well.
After many km's of logging road we were finally able to hop into the cutblock and start aiming towards our mountain. The tree wells were very annoying in this section.
After the cutblock, we were now entering the forest, things got steep and the forest got thick and the blowdown got plentiful. Alot of the Fraser Canyon ridges are like this, and not very friendly. I was feeling strong today so it was Me and Mel and Katie doing the trailbreaking for the others.
The temps were chilly as we arrived at the summit, the clouds were above us but the main peaks to the West were stuck in the thick of them. We huddled behind the big green tower for a quick bite to eat but the winds and temps meant it would be a quick summit.
The midnight club bolted down the mountain, Katie is dealing with a nagging injury so we just took our time on the descent. They waited for us at the start of the cutblock but then soon were off in the distant. They waited for us again at the start of the long logging road march out and then off we all went.
The headlamps went on for the last 20minutes of the trip. The Cariboo Crew had brought food and our stoves and lawn chairs as we usually do, so we setup shop for awhile and the Midnight club were hungry and wanted to go eat so off they went. A successful inter-group outing.